Chambers Ireland urges flexibility from business to support vaccination of staff

As the impact of the vaccine rollout continues to show promise, Chambers Ireland today (7 June 2021) calls on Irish businesses to be flexible in facilitating employees to receive their vaccine. Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said, “As the National Vaccination Programme moves to vaccinate people in their 40s and younger, businesses in Ireland […]

ALONE stands with the World Health Organisation in building a fairer, healthier world for all

This year on World Health Day, Wednesday 7th April, ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, is calling on Government leaders to ensure that everyone has access to services and living conditions that are conducive to good health in order to build a fairer, healthier world. The organisation is also urging leaders to monitor and address health inequalities present in […]

How has Covid-19 has impacted older people’s groups?

Covid-19 restrictions have been devastating for older people’s groups and fear of getting Covid-19 is the biggest barrier to recommencing group activities, including physical activity, according to a report released by Age & Opportunity today. The report examines The impact of Covid-19 on physical activity in older people’s groups.   Age & Opportunity is the […]

Covid-19: Hospitality task force needed to coordinate recovery – Kelly

Seán Kelly MEP is calling on the European Commission to establish a task force to ensure the hospitality sector is prioritised in Covid-19 recovery plans across the EU, having experienced “severe hardship” throughout the crisis.   Writing to the Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, the Ireland South MEP stressed the “unprecedented pressure” that the […]

Macra members share their experiences of working from home

Covid-19 has changed the way we approach our workday with many commutes being eliminated allowing for that time to be used differently. In the recent Macra na Feirme Rural Youth Survey those working in rural Ireland outside of farming were asked a series of questions concerning their work/life balance and the impact of Covid-19 on […]

New Failte Ireland Guidelines are Bizarre- McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has sharply criticised the new and updated guidelines issued by Fáilte Ireland for restaurants describing them as bizarre and a step too far. The new guidelines suggest that no more than six people are allowed at a table in restaurants and cafés and that a record must be kept of what […]

Rural Independent TDs completely opposed to draconian new measures that they say will close more pubs and lead to control of what happens in Irish homes

The Rural Independent Group in the Dáil today slammed the government for trying to rush through sweeping new Covid-19 enforcement powers for the Gardaí. The proposed measures are contained in the Criminal Justice (Enforcement Powers) (Covid-19) Bill 2020, which the Rural Group members fear will lead to the closure of even more pubs and restaurants, […]

Postcards rescued from oblivion by clever Irish PostASelfie app

The humble postcard had become an endangered commodity. For the longest time ‘Selfies’ and social media took over from buying and mailing the scenic “wish you were here” sentiment. But the humble postcard became a hero again in recent times when the simple act of a writing and sending a personal note became a powerful […]

Update on School Transport Scheme 2020/21 – Bus Éireann

Bus Éireann, Ireland’s national bus company, operates the School Transport Scheme on behalf of the Department of Education. Almost 120,000 students use school transport, accounting for 40 million journeys each year. More than 100 people work on the Scheme, excluding drivers and mechanics, and there are 11 dedicated local school transport offices right throughout the […]

Publicans must be given the opportunity to prove themselves- McGrath

Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Government to proceed with the re-opening of pubs despite NPHET’s recommendations to keep the pubs closed for a further period of time. Deputy McGrath has said that publicans who have spent large amounts of money on installing safety measures in their pubs can not be penalised again […]

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