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# covid-19 pandemic

Last year
2022
# covid recovery
Scheme to delay businesses repaying Covid debts to Revenue extended until 2024
Revenue has pushed the repayment date for warehoused debt out to 1 May 2024.
All time
# CSO
Levels of recorded crime fall sharply during the Covid pandemic - except for fraud
However, the number of fraud incidents increased in the last year by more than 13% compared with the previous year.
# covid-19 pandemic
Non-EU doctors call for all frontline workers' citizenship applications to be fasttracked
Doctors have written to all TDs and senators asking for their citizenship to be fasttracked as a gesture for their work during the pandemic.
# Living wage
Taoiseach wants to examine the prospect of a living wage within lifetime of the government
The Taoiseach promised that a living wage would become “a theme of the government”.
# covid-19 pandemic
'Don't have parties. Cancel': Sweden limits public gatherings to 8 people
Sweden has taken a loose approach to restrictions up until now. But it’s introducing “unprecedented” restrictions from this week.
# HSE
Ireland's Winter Plan: 500 new acute beds and an 'unprecedented' €600m boost on last year
An extra 251 acute beds in Q4 of this year, and 232 acute beds in Q1 next year, are included in the plan.
# Department of Education
All children who are not at-risk expected to return to school, and can miss a max of 20 days off school
This includes children whose parents or other relatives may be at risk, or who may be anxious about the Covid-19 pandemic.
# covid-19 pandemic
Leo Varadkar tells Dáil he will consider extending maternity leave by three months
A petition signed by 25,000 people called for maternity leave to be extended due to a lack of childcare for women returning to work.
# covid-19 pandemic
UK 'to introduce two-week quarantine' for all those arriving from abroad - except from Ireland
This will apply to British citizens returning to the UK, but won’t apply to those travelling from Ireland.
# Your Say
Poll: Should pubs be allowed to reopen at the same time as cafés and restaurants?
There’s been a lot of concern from publicans that they will be the last industry to open.
# covid-19 pandemic
Cancelled respite during Covid: 'There's no respite, no service at all, no activities. It is very stressful'
The cut in services has placed additional pressure on families.
# Game Over
Ajax denied Dutch title as Eredivisie season is declared void
It is the first major European league to end the campaign prematurely, meaning there will be no relegation or promotion.
# covid-19 pandemic
Music festivals are cancelled after licenced gatherings of 5,000+ halted until September at earliest
The government advised local authorities not to issue licences for events of more than 5,000 attendees.
# covid-19 pandemic
The price of oil has plummeted to less than zero dollars a barrel
Storage space for oil is now running out, which precipitated today’s steep dive.
# covid-19 pandemic
Shine Your Light: Ministers, embassies and the Irish public light candles for the sick and frontline workers
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Health Minister Simon Harris urged people to share a light tonight.
# adjustments
Fifa allows transfer window movement and extension to contracts amid football shutdown
Contracts covering the 2019/20 season in England are set to expire on 30 June.
# covid-19 pandemic
WATCH: TDs and people all over the country applaud frontline healthcare workers in unison
The clapping began at 8pm.
# covid-19 pandemic
'A deeply sensitive issue': The government is preparing temporary mortuaries
A government spokesperson said it was being guided “by the need for compassion and care for families who will be affected”.
# covid-19 pandemic
Irish economy expected to shrink by 7.1% and fall into a recession, ESRI warns
The not-for-profit institute said that the labour market “is set to face the largest one quarter shock in living memory”.