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Monday 27 March 2023 Dublin: 9°C

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# outdoor activitiies
Harris says there may be 'potential to do a bit more' easing of restrictions than has already been flagged for May
The minister mentioned the potential of doing more activities outside could be considered.
The Higher Education Minister is arguing that the public know how to socialise safely outdoors now, and should be allowed to do so.
AstraZeneca has written to an Oireachtas committee to say that it will deliver 100 million doses of its vaccine in the first 6 months of the year.
Finance Minsiter Paschal Donohoe said that it could be 2023 before Ireland returns to pre-pandemic employment levels.
# Cold Snap
It's another freezing morning - here's what you can do to keep your pipes clear and your car running
Temperatures today are only set to reach as high as 5 degrees with a sharp frost present on many roads.
# working poor
750,000 people are living in poverty in Ireland - on under €218 a week
New figures released by Social Justice Ireland today show 100,000 more people are in poverty than at the start of the recession.
# Trim
Town in Meath sees water supply interrupted for more than 24 hours
The stoppages have officially been in place in Trim since yesterday morning.
# rising rents
Leading NGOs say 'government wrangling' has delayed action on the homelessness crisis
Government ministers are being called “to set ideology aside and respond to the reality that confronts us”.
# Au Pairs
Domestic workers are the most exploited group in Ireland
A new report from the EU has singled out childcare and domestic cleaners as the most exploited in Ireland.
# pumping it up
1.23 million households have now registered with Irish Water
The company is set to start issuing bills next month.
# Water Charges
Irish Water says over 1 million have registered ahead of tomorrow's deadline
Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed today that those who do not register will not have their water cut off.
# In the red
Irish people easily have the worst mortgage debts in the eurozone
CSO figures also revealed that young people are carrying too much debt.
# healthy ireland
Leo wants to find out just how healthy Ireland is
A new nationwide survey will ask households about a range of health indicators.
# borrower nor a lender
Irish aversion to debt is "most disappointing" aspect of recovery
Loan repayments were €437 million higher than new lending last month.
# Unemployment
What can be done to help Ireland's "unacceptable" rate of jobless households?
A new report has come up with a number of proposed solutions.
# decisions decisions
Men and women totally disagree on who decides what their family eats
Irish people don’t just argue about how they share the household load – they argue about who they think does what.
# Water Charges
Jan O'Sullivan rejects average water charge of €240
The Housing Minister said people will alter their water use “like plastic bags”.
# food waste
Are 'buy one get one free' offers just filling up your bins?
A House of Lords Committee in the UK has blamed supermarkets for adding to high levels of food waste with these offers but experts in Ireland said everyone has their part to play in reducing this.
# Standard of Living
Over 50s' income did not fall during the recession - ESRI
The think tank say research shows that, although the wealth of over 50s declined, overall income, health and well-being did not.
# Penny Pinching
250,000 households have less than €15,000 a year to live on
But income gaps are skewing analysis of the income average according to the Nevin Economic Research Centre.
# Water Meters
Almost 80,000 homes have so far been fitted with water meters
Irish Water came into operation yesterday and says that over 1 million household connections have also now surveyed by authorities.
# Property Tax
Your questions about the local property tax answered
You asked, so we now we answer…
# Money
Household savings primarily being used to pay down debt
Household repayment of loans amounted to €7.3 billion last year.
# Debt
Household debt down but sustainability levels barely improve
Figures from the Central bank show that overall household debt is at it lowest level since late 2006 but disposable income falls dull much positive impact.
# pester power
Kids have serious 'pester power' on family food purchases
The breakfast cereal in a family’s cupboard is often dictated by the children.
# Poverty
Irish households saw one of the biggest falls in income after 2007
A report published today also warned of the increase in child poverty between 2007 and 2010.
# Crash
Young people 'bear burden of financial crisis'
A new ESRI publication says that young households were more likely to become unemployed and many purchased a home prior to the crash.
# Dilemma
The burning question*: Should you read in bed when your partner doesn't?
It’s Monday, so let distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)
# Mortgage Arrears
Mortgage holders in arrears are older and more likely to have children - report
A survey conducted by MABS indicated that over 36 per cent of mortgage clients were unemployed.
# Property Tax
Junior Minister: We made a mess of communicating property tax exemptions
Seán Sherlock said that the government “needs to do right by the people” in communicating the exemptions from the property tax.
# Property Tax
Nearly 30 per cent do not intend to pay property tax - poll
Two-thirds of those polled by Red C for the Sunday Business Post think the measure is an unfair tax.
# Property Tax
Leo Varadkar: Property tax is easy to pay and hard to evade
The Minister for Transport said that people struggling to pay their bills do not automatically become exempt from income tax and the same principle should apply to the forthcoming property tax.
# income and living
Barnardos: CSO survey shows 'ravaging' effects of recession on families
Meanwhile, the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton said the survey shows that “the impact of the crisis has not worsened income inequality”.
# Money Money Money
Here's how much disposable income the average person in Ireland has
The annual CSO study on income also found that the number of people unable to afford basic necessities has jumped significantly.
# Cost of Living
56pc of Irish homes 'go into debt to pay essential bills'
Research from uSwitch says over half of Irish homes have to dip into savings, or borrow money, to make ends meet.
# Home Security
Fear of burglaries has risen over past year
Survey finds four out of ten Irish householders are “significantly concerned” that they might be robbed – and one in four men sleep with a hurley beneath the bed.
# Mortgages
Irish Banking Federation agrees new initiative to help distressed borrowers
The new initiative is designed to help people struggling with their debt to stay in their homes.
# Property Tax
You asked, we answered: What you wanted to know about the property tax (pt 2)
After last week’s Q&A about the property tax you had more questions so we’ve been getting you more answers…
# community
Over 1.1 million have now paid the Household Charge - Hogan
Hogan thanked all those who had registered their properties and paid the charge, saying €113.35 million has been collected and reallocated to local authorities.
# Household charge
Noonan: If people can afford high-end TV packages, they can afford the household charge
The Finance Minister says many households are paying €1000 a year for television packages.
# recycling
Irish households will generate 25 per cent more packaging waste over Christmas
Repak said Irish households will go through 5 million boxes of chocolates and 50 million bottles of beer this festive season.
# Computers
81 per cent of households now have internet access
The figures from the CSO also show that 19 per cent of unemployed people have never used the internet.
# Unemployment
ESRI: One in five people are living in jobless households
The percentage of households where adults are not working has grown from 15 per cent to 22 per cent in just three years.