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Graham Fahy

Ireland boosts economy with grants, subsidies and 'staycation vouchers'

23 Jul 2020

DUBLIN Ireland will hand firms hit by the COVID-19 crisis more generous grants, extend a wage-subsidy scheme keeping many afloat and aim to boost domestic tourism with "staycation vouchers" as part of a fresh stimulus package announced on Thursday.

Ireland sees economy shrinking at least 10% this year

21 Apr 2020

DUBLIN The Irish economy will shrink by at least 10% this year and could shrink more than 15% if a second wave of coronavirus forces restrictions on movement to last six months longer than expected, the government said on Tuesday.

Irish central bank predicts record unemployment, 8.3% GDP fall

03 Apr 2020

DUBLIN Ireland's central bank said on Friday the shock to the economy from the coronavirus pandemic could be greater than in any year of the financial crisis as a record collapse in services sector activity demonstrated the speed of the decline.

Ireland tightens coronavirus restrictions, boosts rescue package

24 Mar 2020

DUBLIN Ireland banned all non-essential travel within the country and shut non-essential retail on Tuesday to battle coronavirus as it significantly increased income support for those already left unemployed and workers at risk of joining them.

Coronavirus crisis rocks airlines and planemakers

24 Mar 2020

DUBLIN/OSLO The grounding of virtually all flights by Europe's largest budget airline and European air traffic data on Tuesday highlighted the enormity of the shock to aviation industries from the coronavirus now emptying skies around the globe.

Coronavirus pushes Irish rivals to open government talks

10 Mar 2020

DUBLIN Ireland's rival Fianna Fail and Fine Gael parties will open formal coalition talks this week after an inconclusive Feb. 8 election, with Fianna Fail's leader saying the coronavirus outbreak made forming a government "an impertaive".

Ireland axes St. Patrick's Day parades, sets aside coronavirus funds

09 Mar 2020

DUBLIN Ireland cancelled all St. Patrick's Day parades due to take place across the country next week over the risk of a further spread of coronavirus as the government set aside 3 billion euros to tackle the infection.

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