Video: Dublin Airport chaos continues, EU imposes further sanctions on Russian oil

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Dublin Airport

The operators of Dublin Airport will have daily meetings with the Government until the issue of long queues has been addressed.

Last weekend, over 1,000 passengers missed their flights due to lengthy delays getting into the airport, checking in baggage and passing through security.

On Monday, Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan met with DAA officials, conveying the Government's “immense disappointment and frustration” at the situation.

However, the Irish Travel Agent Association has said the Dublin Airport are being replicated right across the travel industry as the sector is experiencing a "real challenge" getting back to normal.

EU oil ban

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has warned Ireland is facing a “new era” of higher fossil fuel prices after EU leaders agreed to ban most Russian oil imports.

European Union leaders have agreed to embargo most Russian oil imports into the bloc by year-end as part of new sanctions on Moscow.

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The compromise was made at a two-day summit focused on helping Ukraine with a long-delayed package of new financial support.

Cost of living support

The Government still has scope to introduce additional temporary measures to assist people with the rising cost of living, according to the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council.

The council's latest report states "€2.5 billion of the contingencies set out for 2022 remains unallocated".

While it notes some of these funds may be used to support people fleeing the war in Ukraine, the funds could also be put towards measures to ease the cost of living crisis, particularly for those on lower incomes and "most severely affected by higher prices".

The report also calls for a "gradually unwinding" of the Government's over-reliance on income from corporation tax.

Employment Wages Subsidy Scheme

A scheme introduced to help struggling businesses survive the Covid-19 pandemic officially comes to an end today.

Since replacing the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme in September 2020, the Employment Wage Subsidy scheme (EWSS) has supported almost 52,000 businesses, at a cost to the taxpayer of over €10.5 billion.

The scheme ended for most businesses on April 30th, but some had remained on it - mainly those in the hospitality sector.

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