Video: Government intervene over fuel costs, agri sector braces for supply disruptions

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Fuel costs

The Cabinet has signed off on a cut of 20c per litre on petrol and 15c on diesel from midnight amid skyrocketing fuel prices.

There will be 2c off marked, or green, diesel - which is a form of diesel used by farmers.

The measure, introduced amid concerns about growing pressures on the cost of living, will last until August 31st.

Agriculture committee

A national committee is to be set up to examine the impact of the invasion of Ukraine on Irish food security.

Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue met with farm organisations and Teagasc to discuss the impact on Irish agriculture and supply chains.

During the meeting, Mr McConalogue and his officials outlined the challenge that face farmers in the short and long-term, with supply chains from the region likely to be disrupted for a period.

Construction costs

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Construction costs have increased sharply since the Covid-19 pandemic according to a report by construction consultants Mitchell McDermott.

The cost of building a mid-range, two-bed apartment increased by 14 per cent during the period, with the rising cost of materials marked as the main driver.

The report also highlighted that up to 15,000 additional workers are need if the Government's housing targets are to be met.

Hospital overcrowding

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) will tell the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly that they are “blowing the whistle” on delays in implementing Sláintecare.

Such delays are causing people to suffer, the group's general secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha said.

The INMO is due to meet with Mr Donnelly later this week, when they will tell him staff are “crying out for change” as Emergency Departments are now unsafe and “not good for health”, she added.

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