by Róisín McKane

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.


Government has announced that a new law designed to protect tips received by workers will come into effect on 1 December. The Payment of Wages Act gives employees a legal entitlement to receive tips and gratuities paid in electronic form and requires that this money should be paid to workers in a manner that is fair.


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.


Gas Networks Ireland has confirmed that here is enough supply to ensure the Republic of Ireland does not run out of gas this winter despite the continuing risk of fallout from the war in Ukraine.


The number of new Garda recruits has dropped to 90 this year, falling far short of the target of 800 recruits for 2022.


And finally, The chairwoman of RTÉ accused the Taoiseach and his Government of “deliberately undermining” the broadcaster by not committing to reforming the TV licence system. Read more on that here.




Bobby Pickett's Monster Mash brings us zen for the day that's in it. 


Have a good day folks. 



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