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Today’s Headlines: ESB Staff Keep Discount While Customers Face Bill Increases; Minister admits pensioners need pensions to pay rent

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ESB staff maintain electricity discount as customers face huge increase in energy bill

employees at the The state ESB continues to receive massive rebates on their electricity billsalthough its energy supply subsidiary announces double-digit price increases.

Warning that Ukraine’s refugee crisis is limiting government resources to deal with future Covid surges

the The refugee crisis in Ukraine will limit government funding to deal with a future surge in Covid-19the cabinet was warned.

Hopes rise as rate of Covid infections falls in a week

the The first tentative signs that the current Covid-19 wave could be brought under control have emergedas the percentage of people who test positive for the virus after an HSE PCR test continues to fall.

Germany is preparing to ration gas amid fears that supplies could run out due to energy shortages

Germany took a step towards rationing its gas supplies yesterday amid disagreements in the EU over how to respond to Vladimir Putin’s call for all Russian energy supplies to be paid for in rubles.

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Survey shows homes are selling for an average of 3.7 percent more than asking price

Homes are now selling for an average of 3.7 percent more than their already high retail pricesin another sign of the soaring housing market.

How arrest of former hotel guard puts Michaela McAreavey’s murder back in the spotlight

The arrest of former hotel security guard Dassen Narayanen in Mauritius on Tuesday has put the 2011 murder of Michaela McAreavey back in the spotlight.

Gender imbalance in rotunda champions interview panel was ‘a spectacular own goal’

The failure to have a gender balanced panel to interview the new master of the Rotunda was a “spectacular own goal,” according to a leading obstetrician-gynecologist.

Minister admits pensioners need pensions to pay rent

Housing Secretary Darragh O’Brien has acknowledged that pensioners will need to top up their pensions to pay rent in the future. The government was heavily criticized after the The Irish Independent announced yesterday that the new auto-enrollment pension scheme is needed to pay the rent of the growing number of elderly people who will not own a home when they retire.

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