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Friday 8 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Shortages

This year
Aldi in UK to lift restrictions on fresh vegetables as shortages ease
Customers were limited to a maximum of three cucumbers, lettuce, salad bags, broccoli, cauliflower and raspberries per purchase.
Last year
Ukraine urges residents to drastically reduce electricity use after Russian strikes
Several power stations have been destroyed by Russian strikes
US flight brings tonnes of needed baby formula from Germany
Scarcity of medical-grade baby formula caused by production problems and supply-chain issues has created grave problems for thousands of American parents.
All time
Armed robbers steal hundreds of toilet rolls in Hong Kong amid coronavirus panic-buying
Supermarkets have found themselves unable to restock toilet paper quickly enough.
Boojum says it will stop deducting till shortages from staff's tips but 'may deduct from wages'
Mexican burrito bar Boojum has admitted to previously using staff tips to make up for shortages in the till.
The cost of austerity? Irish children aged 6 are getting teeth extracted under general anesthetic
Previously, Irish children received free dental check ups in 2nd, 4th and 6th class but there has been huge cuts to those services.
Dublin fire engines repeatedly taken out of action due to staff shortages
Dublin Fire Brigade said it is working to fill existing and future vacancies.
Some Dublin hospitals are 'down hundreds of staff'
The Department of Health has said that its national recruitment plan continues apace.
Epilepsy unit at Beaumont Hospital closed because of staff shortages
Vacant positions have been filled but the unit will not reopen until 21 September.
People are becoming professional queuers in Venezuela
Meet Krisbell Villarroel, a 22-year-old single mother of two small children.
Staff shortage at Kerry General Hospital now at "unsafe" levels says union
The INMO says a block on hiring is making the problem worse.
Bereaved families spend days searching for coffins due to Venezuela shortages
Others have had to cancel funerals.
Garda car shortage meant hour delay in child 'abduction' response
It also took two hours for the incident to be assigned to a garda.
HSE confirms shortage in BCG vaccines due to supplier problem
It is anticipated that the vaccine will be available in mid to late July but it will continue to be offered to newborns and those at greatest risk.
The Evening with added toe wrestling
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
Late shoppers may be penalised as stores run low on toys and tablets
This is not a drill. Furbys are heading towards extinction and iPad Minis are all sold out.
Numbers giving blood drops due to hot weather
Water isn’t the only liquid in danger of a shortage during sunny spell – blood donations are down by a fifth.
Portlaoise hospital cuts services to cut costs
A memo sent to staff at Midlands Regional Hospital indicates that the out-patient and in-patient departments will be affected.