Video: Calls for face masks to return, used car and house prices continue to soar

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The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) have been joined by Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM) in calling for the reintroduction of mask-wearing in indoor settings.

Emergency pandemic legislation is due to lapse this on Thursday evening, however, hospitals are under immense strain due to the latest wave of the virus.

Despite the calls, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has reiterated that the return of Covid measures is not necessary, but denied the Government is now taking a "hands-off" approach to the virus.

Used car prices

The first three months of 2022 saw a 7.9 per cent increase in the price of used cars, making it the tenth consecutive quarter in which prices have climbed.

According to data from DoneDeal, annual inflation for used car prices hit 30 per cent, averaging a monthly increase of 2.1 per cent.

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Compared to pre-pandemic levels (January 2020), the overall inflation figure is now 53 per cent.

Second-hand homes

The average value of a second-hand home increased by 11.1 per cent over the past 12 months, jumping by 2.8 per cent in the first three months of this year.

Figures from Sherry FitzGerald show price growth in Dublin matched the national figure for the quarter, however, the annual increase for the city and county was slightly behind on 9.2 per cent.

The annual increase excluding the capital was 13.6 per cent, and was strongest in the Border region where year-on-year values shot up by 19.9 per cent.

Accommodation fraud

Gardaí are warning people against accommodation fraud, with figures showing such incidents increased by 30 per cent last year.

Released as part of the GNECB's Fraud Awareness Week, the figures show 279 reports of accommodation fraud were made in 2021, with over €516,000 stolen in rental scams.

Gardaí said almost half of all victims were under 25-years-old, while 58 per cent of victims were female.

Dublin Airport delays

Although the DAA insists it is recruiting security workers for Dublin Airport, trade union SIPTU has said it will be a number of weeks before these recruits are ready to work.

The union's organiser, Niall Phillips said delays at security will likely continue until staffing levels increase after over 1,000 workers left the airport in the past 16-18 months under a voluntary severance scheme.

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