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Electricity credit

Every private home in the State is set to receive €100 off their first electricity bill next year under new plans set to be announced by the Government next week.

Two million homes will receive the credit in a bid by the Government to address rising energy costs.

Households will receive the credit regardless of income, though no commercial premises are eligible.

Another poll rise for Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin has climbed further ahead of Government parties in the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll.

Support for Sinn Féin has risen by three points to 35 per cent since the last poll in October, meaning the party's popularity has risen to a record level.

The latest results put Mary Lou McDonald's party 15 points ahead of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, which are both at 20 per cent.

Fuel protest

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Truckers and hauliers are planning another mass demonstration on the streets of Dublin next week to protest fuel prices, which have reached an all-time high.

The Irish Truckers & Haulage Association Against Fuel Prices, which brought Dublin traffic to a standstill in November, is planning an even bigger demonstration on Monday.

The group claims the protest will last more than 24 hours, and it is calling on members of the public, the people of rural Ireland, taxi drivers and bus operators to join in.

New travel rules

Anyone arriving from Britain into Ireland will be asked to take daily antigen tests for five consecutive days after arriving in the country, the Government has said.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the advice, which will not be placed on a legal footing, had been taken due to the high volume of travel between the two countries.

He described the new guidance as a precautionary measure and urged people to “exercise a high degree of caution when you’re travelling”.

Climate survey

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Irish people are in almost total agreement that climate change is happening, while 85 per cent are worried about it, according to a poll commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency.

In the most comprehensive survey yet of Irish attitudes to the climate crisis, the findings indicate the issue features prominently in public consciousness.

It also suggests there is a strong appetite for scaled-up action by the Government in response to climate change.

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