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Ibec says its measures would increase the total Government crisis response to the economy to about 10%  of gross domestic product, bringing the Republic into line with other countries.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

4Business lobby group Ibec has called on the Government to introduce support measures for businesses such as a €2 billion zero-interest working capita(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

One of the first things to consider when thinking about working and studying is whether you want to do your course full time or part time and the pros(...)

Factory workers separated by partitions as a precaution against infection as they take their lunch break on the roof of an electronics factory in Suining in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province. Photograph: Chinatopix via AP

Dublin-based entrepreneur Maurice Healy says nobody from his “crew” in China has returned to work yet after the extended holiday for the lunar new yea(...)

‘Foreign investors would prefer to travel an hour by motorway from Dublin airport, rather than spending non-productive time in Dublin traffic,’ says former PayPal vice-president Louise Phelan. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

As Ireland enters what looks likely to be a whirlwind general election campaign ahead of the February 8th poll, it can at times seem that politics has(...)

“A masters qualification is really helpful in getting a promotion or when moving jobs, but it’s perhaps less important in the first job.” Photograph: iStock

Gone are the days when education was capped with a third-level or postgraduate qualification. Today, in most professions, some level of lifelong learn(...)

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