Water supply and sewerage staff, waste collectors and those who treat waste are on the “essential” list, , along with those required for emergency call-outs for electrical, plumbing, glazing and roofing work. Photograph: Getty Images

Essential workers can still go to work despite Friday’s restrictions, although people should be careful about putting themselves into qualifying categ(...)

The construction sector employs not far off 150,000 people directly and a significant number will now have no work. Photograph: iStock

Another significant part of the economy is to shut completely for at least the next two weeks – including most of the construction sector and parts of(...)

Andrea Jansen: ‘I took a marketing course at the marketing academy in Hamburg in order to get a formal qualification.’

After finishing school in 1993, Andrea Jansen studied Germanic languages in Trinity College Dublin. The four-year degree involved learning languages i(...)

You don’t need to be an expert to predict the likely impact of confining consumers to their homes for an extended period. We’re already surrounded by empty shops and closed businesses

The economy we lived in last month has vanished. Full employment, budget surpluses, rainy day funds – forget them, they’re gone. The coronavirus has (...)

The Government is doing what it has to do – and has moved quickly.

The economic support package announced by the Government is on a massive scale, with more than €300 million to be spent in each of the next 12 weeks, (...)

The Private Hospital Association, which represents 19 hospitals, covering 2,000 hospital beds and 8,000 staff, said discussions were “continuing on arrangements to allow the State to contract, for a temporary period, the country’s private hospital bed capacity”. Photograph:  Jean-Francois Monier/AFP/Getty

Business groups reacted positively to new public restrictions and the closure of all but essential services to stem the spread of coronavirus, but urg(...)

It is hoped that this scheme will keep as many people as possible on the payroll, amid fears that the spike in unemployment could be worse than previously expected. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

The Government’s €3.7 billion package to ease the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic will “play a crucial role in enabling the economy to bounce back”(...)

The markets will await US manufacturing, services and composite purchasing managers’ index flash for March. Photograph: Getty

This Week: March 23rd  Monday Results: Mincon Group. Indicators: Euro zone consumer confidence flash (March); German import prices (February). (...)

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions warned that a single worker with no children earning €25,000 could see a fall of 50% in salary. File photograph: Getty

Proposals that would mean workers laid off due to the coronavirus outbreak receive payments up to an equivalent of €40,000 per year have been advanced(...)

Ibec said a €4 billion package, which equates to 1.2 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), could fund replacement rates of at least 70 per cent of net wages lost, for 20 weeks, for up to 500,000 workers

Ibec has called on the Government to provide up to €4 billion in income supports to households that have lost their regular income as a result of the (...)

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