A double child benefit payment of €280 will be issued to families from today, as part of measures to assist households with the rising cost of living. The first of three €200 electricity credits will also start to appear on people's bills from today.
October morning temperatures topping 30C in Spain has sparked concern among environmentalists. Read more on that here.
Firefighters in Clare, represented by Siptu, have been put on alert they will be balloted for industrial action next week due to the lack of a breakthrough in their dispute over pay and working conditions.