Budget 2022 revealed
Unveiling the Budget for 2022, a package that amounts to €4.7 billion, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said the Government was “conscious” of the cost-of-living pressures on the public and businesses.
An income tax reduction to cover the cost of domestic bills for remote workers and a €4 billion Covid-19 contingency fund form part of the multibillion spending package announced as part of Budget 2022.
Other key new measures include minimum wage increasing by 30 cent to €10.50 an hour, pensions rising by €5 a week and extension of the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme until April 30th 2022.
A number of Opposition politicians have condemned budgetary measures put forward by Paschal Donohoe to tackle the rising cost of living.
Gardaí appeal for witnesses of fatal crash
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses of a fatal crash on the N2 in Louth last month.
A motorcyclist sustained critical injuries following the incident on September 11th and died two days later.
Gardaí want to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of Dooley's pub between 8pm and 8.30pm at the time.
Concern for stranded dolphins in Cork
The RNLI were working this morning to help two stranded dolphins out of Crosshaven Harbour after they swam into the shallow water.
There was concern that the dolphins were in distress.
However, after a number of attempts to move the dolphins out of the harbour, they were eventually chaperoned safely back to sea.
Speaking to The Echo, Crosshaven RNLI spokesperson Jon Mathers said a number of boats were involved in the operation.
“The boats formed a line that stopped the dolphins coming back in. Then as the tide was going out, the boats had to turn back, but the two boats drove them out a bit further and the dolphins are safe, for now,” Mr Mathers said.