Ireland Active proposes employee exercise scheme –

Ireland Active is today calling on Government for tax relief measures, grants and a VAT rate reduction for the leisure, health and fitness sector as part of the key asks in their pre-Budget 2021 submission. As the national representative body for the sector, Ireland Active is asking for these measures to be introduced to ensure

Covid-19 could be turning point in fight against homelessness, charity says – Belfast Telegraph

Covid-19 could be a turning point in the fight against homelessness if the Government learns from the effectiveness of the temporary ban on evictions, the founder of a homeless charity has said. ocus Ireland president Sr Stanislaus Kennedy said it was important that homelessness was not allowed to become part of the “new normal” as

‘Insane’ gathering of hundreds of students in Galway condemned – The Irish Times

Large gatherings of young people in Galway city centre and at multiple house parties last night have been condemned as an “insanity” by local representatives. As a consequence calls have been made this morning to restrict access to certain public spaces until the spread of Covid-19 can be brought under control. As many as 1,000

Rents fall as Covid-19 crisis grips the country –

Rental costs have fallen as the Covid-19 crisis has gripped the country. ew figures show a slight decrease in rents nationwide and a larger drop in the cost of accommodation in the capital. Monthly rental costs fell nationwide by €7 to €1,226 in the three months to June when compared with the first three months

70% of people supported by Focus Ireland last year were families – Irish Examiner

Families accounted for more than 70% of people supported out of homelessness by Focus Ireland last year.  The charity helped a record 1,790 households to avoid or leave homelessness in 2019, according to its annual report. There were 1,150 households supported out of homelessness and 640 that avoided becoming homeless in the first place.  Pat

Homelessness must not become part of 'the new normal' –

Covid-19 can be a turning point in the fight against homelessness according to the founder of the homeless charity Focus Ireland. The Charity is due to launch its 2019 annual report today. Sr Stanislaus Kennedy says lessons from the effectiveness of rent freezes and the ban on evictions can be learned by the Government. She says

What will the council look for when inspecting a rented property? – The Irish Times

A friend who rents out a flat in her basement is due to have it inspected by the council. They gave her notice of the inspection for a date in the middle of lockdown but agreed to put it off for a bit. She wasn’t aware that the council could do this but she gathers

Activists picket rental company over complaint about … – Letting Agent Today

Activists from the controversial renters’ group Acorn have picketed the headquarters of a national rental firm in a dispute over a refund for a university student who had to leave her accommodation during the spring lockdown. The issue surrounds Rebecca Wallace, a Coventry University student, who returned home to Northern Ireland following government advice. A

County Council adopts strategy to better communicate with social housing tenants – Connacht Tribune Group

Galway Bay fm newsroom – There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today. There has been a total of 1,802 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of midnight Sunday, 27 September, the HPSC has been notified of 390 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 35,377*

UCC to hold virtual freshers’ week despite calls to cancel over Covid-19 fears – The Irish Times

University College Cork Students’ Union has defended its decision to go ahead with a virtual freshers’ week, despite local residents calling for the event to be cancelled amid fears it will lead to house parties that could spread Covid-19. Interim UCC President, Prof John O’Halloran has also urged the UCC Students’ Union to cancel the