Most Covid Restrictions to End
The National Public Health Emergency Team has given the green light to ending most Covid-19 public h...

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Ryanair Ramps Up Summer Schedule
Ryanair is ramping up its operations ahead of the summer, announcing its largest ever flight schedul...

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Extra Holiday Will Help Hospitality
Hotels will benefit from the decision to designate March 18 of this year as a Bank Holiday under a n...

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NI Visitors Flock South
More than twice as many cross-Border tourists go from Northern Ireland to the Republic compared to t...

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Most Covid Restrictions to End
Ryanair Ramps Up Summer Schedule
Extra Holiday Will Help Hospitality
NI Visitors Flock South


Five rates in new PUP

The Pandemic Unemployment Payment  will have five rates when it reopens to new entrants laid off as a result of the latest Government Covid-19 restrictions from tomorrow.heatherhumphreys

The top rate will be €350 and will be available to those earning €400 or more a week.
Those who received wages between €300 and €399 prior to being laid off will be entitled to €300.
There will be a €250 rate payable to those who were earning €200-€299, and €203 to those in the €151.50-€200 bracket.
A new rate of €150 will be paid to those who had previously been earning less than €151.50.
The Department of Social Protection said this was is to align the PUP with the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS).
It also better reflects the earnings of part-time workers, the department said.


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Little improvement in Hospitality Covid compliance

There has been little improvement in the number of hospitality businesses complying with Covid-19 certificate regulations over the past month, despite a renewed push by healthqrcode authorities.

Officers from the HSE’s Environmental Health Service have since October 22nd carried out 4,445 checks on bars, cafes, nightclubs and restaurants. They found 72 per cent were in compliance with the regulations, an increase of 2 per cent since the start of November.
About 6 per cent of venues checked were found to be fully “non-compliant” (down 1 per cent) and 22 per cent were found to be partially non-compliant (down 1 per cent).
A HSE spokeswoman said the service had “re-focused its efforts on increased compliance checks across the hospitality sector in recent weeks” in light of the increase in Covid-19 cases and the extension of indoor dining regulations from October 22nd.


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Locals Free at Moher

The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience is providing free entry to all Clare residents up to and including December 23rd.moher1119.jpg

The attraction will however be closed to-day due to Storm Barra.
Ireland’s most visited natural attraction is supporting the ‘Buy Local’ campaign by inviting members of the public to visit the Shannon Heritage Gift Shop and Cafes, which offers dozens of local craft, artisan products and hampers.
 “We are inviting the people of Clare to do their Christmas shopping here at the Cliffs of Moher, as well as enjoy the extensive menus on offer at our Cafes and take in a refreshing walk, all in a safe and festive atmosphere,” explained Geraldine Enright, Director of the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience.
Amongst the local and artisan suppliers are Ekotree Knitwear (Doolin), Irish Slate Craft (Lahinch), Wild Atlantic Candles (Kilrush), Atlantic Low Tide (Kilkee), Wilde Irish Chocolates (Tuamgraney), Spanish Point Sea Veg, Redesign Shack (Ennis), Bunratty Mead and many more.
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Raft Plan faces scuttling

Plans to build a whitewater rafting course in Dublin city centre look set to be scrapped.whitewater

The Chief Executive of Dublin City Council is proposing to abandon the controversial project, which would have cost more than €20m, citing a lack of financial and public support.
According to the council's Capital Programme 2022-2024 there has been significant hostility towards the project and it has been unable to convince the various State funding bodies to support the plan.
The report, from the council's Chief Executive Owen Keegan, also says there has been a ''considerable amount of negative commentary related to this project [...] that appears impossible to reverse and that has undermined the planned funding of the project".


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Cost cutting averts loss at Mercantile

The Mercantile Group,has posted  a €27.6m drop in revenue in 2020 as Covid hit the hospitality sector but it reported a break-even in terms of earnings after dramatically cuttingcafeenseinecafeenseine.jpg costs.

Sales in 2020 were €8.5m compared to €36.1m in 2019, according to accounts just filed for Ardan Advisory, which operates the chain.  
The business booked a loss after tax of €4.1m but a breakeven earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (ebitda). 
The 2021 trade is well up on last year, despite stop-start lockdowns and  restrictions, according to Patrick Burke, a director of Ardan Advisory, which operates the Irish bars, and its parent company IMR-Re. 


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