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Return to work guidance issued

The Government is urging employers to adopt a cautious approach to return to workplaces, stressing a gradual process.

The new guidelines advise consultation with worker representatives, permanent hybrid working arrangements and supports for employees nervous about the returning to the office.


As The Irish Times reports, new advice issued on Monday says employers may wish to keep some Covid rules in place for now.

They are not obliged to retain contact details of all office visitors, but employers may need to provide attendance information to health officials in the event of a Covid outbreak in the workplace, the protocol states.

Scheme for undocumented migrants

Thousands of undocumented migrants may have official permission to live in Ireland by the end of the year, as a scheme to regularise their status opens on Monday.

The scheme allows long-term undocumented people the opportunity to regularise their status, meaning they have official access to the workforce.


Described as a “once in a generation” scheme, it is expected to benefit up to 17,000 people, including 3,000 children.

Over the next six months, individuals who are undocumented can apply to regularise their status in Ireland.

Charity saved almost 2,000 people from homelessness in 2o21

Threshold saved almost 2,000 adults and children from homelessness in the last quarter of 2021.

There were 1,800 households at risk of becoming homeless in the last three months of the year.


The national helpline also responded to 11,000 calls to its helpline during that time.

Investigation continues into death of man in Clondalkin

Gardaí are continuing investigations after a man who was carried on the bonnet of his car during a theft died.

Ian McDonnell was discovered shortly after 6pm last Sunday and was taken by ambulance to Tallaght University Hospital where he died on Friday evening.

It is understood Mr McDonnell had attended his business premises last Sunday a short time before the incident occurred.

While there, he intervened to attempt to prevent the theft of his car, a grey Volkswagen Passat, registration number 161-OY-1861.

Ryanair reports millions in losses

Ryanair missed its targets in December after the spread of Omicron forced governments to reimpose restrictions on international travel.

The business said it had carried 11.3 million passengers in October and 10.2 million in November.

But despite the holidays, just 9.5 million passengers travelled with Ryanair in December, far below its 11 million target.

The business said that it expects to carry just under 100 million passengers in its financial year, which ends in March.

However, the company is having to discount more tickets to get passengers onboard, so its expected losses have gone from between €100 million and €200 million to a new forecast of between €250 million and €450 million.

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