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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Cabinet Meeting

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2022
# Refugees
Govt to introduce 'refusal policy' for Ukrainian refugees in hotels offered other accommodation
Hotel contracts will be changed to bed-only accommodation for Ukrainians.
# Ukraine
Micheál Martin says the country can stretch itself to accommodate more Ukrainian refugees
Around 20% of hotel rooms across the country are being used to accommodate Ukrainians.
# hybrid working
Employers will need 'a very good reason' to refuse a request for remote working
A new bill would give people the legal right to request remote working.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said new legislation will 'make it harder' for employers to say no.
The legislation lists 13 potential reasons why an employer might refuse such a request.
Varadkar has also said employers should give a pay rise to employees 'where they can afford' it.
Employers demanding workers return to office could face ‘legal risk’ in cases of medical concerns
Has the working week changed forever? Or will it be business as usual after the pandemic?
# remote working
Bill on right to request remote working set to go to Cabinet tomorrow, says Varadkar
The new bill will also provide circumstances in which employers can refuse to offer remote working.
All time
AS IT HAPPENED
Government confirms how Covid-19 restrictions will change from Friday
Covid certs aren’t going away just yet. Here’s what else was confirmed today.
# Multinationals
Corporate tax to increase from 12.5% to 15% as Ireland agrees to back global reforms
The new rate will apply to companies with a turnover of over €750 million.
The new rate will apply to companies with a turnover of over €750 million with SMEs paying 12.5%.
Until today, Ireland was among a handful of states that had not agreed to the OECD-led plans.
The new tax regime could be in place by 2023.
Explainer: Why is Ireland about to raise its corporation tax rate from 12.5% to 15%?
# Cabinet
Taoiseach to meet vaccine task force ahead of Cabinet as considerations given to extend gap between Pfizer jabs
It’s understood the time between vaccines being administered will be looked at, as has been the approach adopted by the UK and Canada.
# third wave
Cabinet to sign off on closure of schools until February, most construction sites set to shut down
Ministers meet this morning and an announcement is expected later today.
Ministers meet this morning and an announcement is expected later today.
Strict new rules on international travel are also set to be signed-off.
It comes as the numbers in hospital exceed the previous peak in mid-April.
921 now in hospital with Covid-19 as patient numbers exceed April 2020 peak
What's the total ICU bed capacity for the latest Covid-19 surge?
# Cabinet Meeting
Phased lifting of Level 5: Inter-county travel could open up a few days before Christmas
Shops, gyms, and hairdressers are due to open up next week.
# Cabinet Meeting
Government to set up archive of records related to institutional trauma in 20th century
The government released a statement about the Mother and Baby Homes this evening.
# Cabinet Meeting
Gardaí will be allowed shut down pubs that breach public health guidelines
Gardaí will first give a compliance notice to a pub owner asking them to address any issues identified.
# Cabinet Meeting
HSE Chief Clinical Officer calls for mandatory quarantine for arrivals from high virus rate countries
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said the mandatory detention of those arriving into Ireland is ‘not workable’.
# easing restrictions
Cabinet set to approve easing of restrictions, but homeware stores not permitted to open
Hardware stores, garden centres, farmers’ markets, bicycle shops and garages are due to open Monday.
# ge2020
We should know more about the timing of an election after Leo and Micheál meet for crunch talks today
A special Cabinet meeting focusing on disability issues is being held in Marino today.
# holibops
TDs are off on their summer holidays today
The Dáil will return in September
# Delayed
Marathon Cabinet meeting on abortion comes to an end after four hours
Several cabinet members have yet to publicly state their stances on the referendum.
# all's fair in love and politics
When it's all over, can Simon and Leo still be friends?
There was no awkwardness around the Cabinet table yesterday, apparently.
# Back to Work
The cabinet, including the three ministers who lost their seats, will meet tomorrow
Things might be a bit awkward for James Reilly, Alex White and Ged Nash.
# Cabinet Meeting
"There will be no standing charge" for water, Howlin confirms
The average yearly cost is still expected to be €240 but there will be allowances for households with children.
# Hardworking
The government has so much work on right now it's having an extra Cabinet meeting today
Yes, seriously.
# Jobs Jobs Jobs
'Relentless push': Government plans special Cabinet meeting on jobs early next year
The coalition has been boosted this year by a continuing fall in the numbers of people who are unemployed with the jobless rate now at 12.8 per cent.
# Bailout exit
Taoiseach to inform the Dáil that Ireland will NOT take back-up credit line
Enda Kenny is expected to inform the Dáil that Ireland will NOT avail of a precautionary credit line when it exits the bailout next month.
# Budget 2014
Bruton: 'There's always going to be difficulties over the last few hundred million'
The Jobs Minister has said that the “vast majority” of department’s budgets for next year have been confirmed but there is still work to be done to finalise measures.
# Cabinet Meeting
Pics: Taoiseach and Tánaiste arrive for crucial Cabinet meeting
Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore spoke to the media as they arrived at government buildings this morning to discuss the expert group on abortion’s final report.
# Back to Work
"Silly season is over": Enda and Eamon get back to work
The Taoiseach and Tánaiste said it is time now for the Government to get down to “real work”.
# Umbrella-ella-ella
'He's Just Like Us' Pic of the (Rainy) Day
It’s the Taoiseach.
# Referendum
Cabinet to discuss timing of 'one-off' fiscal compact referendum
The Cabinet will this morning discuss a draft timetable for putting the fiscal compact referendum to the public.
# Work to Rule
Cabinet resumes after summer break with heavy workload ahead
There’s two referenda to prepare, as well as a hefty backlog of legislative work left over from the first term.
# Ministerial Mercs
Cabinet to lose ministerial Mercs and Garda drivers
All but three members of the cabinet will have to supply their own cars in future – while former Taoisigh also lose official cars.
Cabinet meetings to decide bloodbath Budget cuts
An evening meeting today – and an all-day knocking of heads tomorrow – should decide how much spending will go.