The latest, national updates on Wednesday, 18th March.
18.44 – Pennys:
Penneys is closing all of its stores until further notice, affecting around 6,000 employees.
Mandate trade union says staff will receive 2 weeks pay based on their contracted hours.
A review of the closure will take place in two weeks time.
The chain has shops in Athlone, Mullingar and Portlaoise.
18.25 – Jobs:
As the government and the business community deal with thousands of job losses, there are calls for a different approach to helping workers in the future.
Danny McCoy, CEO of the employers body IBEC, says lessons need to be learned from this crisis:
18.16 – Health:
We’re being urged to stay as healthy as possible during the emergency.
Tips include eating well, staying active, taking Vitamin D and minding our stress levels.
Professor Luke O’Neill says we also need to limit our alcohol intake:
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