Up to 20,000 construction workers to return to sites

Up to 20,000 construction workers will return to work on residential, early-learning and childcare sites around the country today as Covid-19 restrictions ease. But there continues to be frustration within the industry that building work in the remaining parts of the sector that remain stalled cannot yet resume. Much construction activity has been stopped since…

Site shutdown sees building activity stall for third month in a row

Construction activity declined for the third month running in March as most building sites remained shuttered due to Covid-19 restrictions. Activity across all sub-sectors fell sharply, according to Ulster Bank’s monthly measure of activity in the sector, but the pace of decline eased somewhat relative to the extreme weakness registered in January and February. The…

Those on minimum wage hit hard with pandemic job losses

Minimum wage employees in Ireland are likely to be suffering disproportionately from job losses as almost half work in sectors worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new research by the Economic and Social Research Institute. The study, entitled ‘A comparative assessment of minimum wage employment in Europe’, also found that being younger, having…

What lies ahead on the Covid-19 roadmap?

With the world and the economy still reeling from the Covid-19 pandemic, the government promises new schemes to boost business grants, as well as provide targeted financial support for certain sectors. Varadkar promises more targeted Covid-19 supports The economy will “bounce back” sooner than many people think, the Tánaiste has told the Dáil, but he…