The top four things you need to know – Wednesday April 20th

The ASTI are warning that problems with the recruitment and retention of teachers could have a serious knock-on impact on the teaching of some core subjects.

500 teachers are meeting again in Cork for the second day of the annual ASTI conference.

Concerns about what the union describes as low pay were top of the agenda yesterday, with some delegates speaking about how the rising cost of living is affecting them.


Proposals to house Ukrainian refugees in temporary accommodation will be discussed at Cabinet today.

Just under 25,000 have now arrived in Ireland – 85% of whom are women and children.

According to the Irish Times space is now running out in hotels to house them and around 300 of those fleeing the war will be placed in emergency mass accommodation in the Green Glens Arena in Millstreet from this week.


Cabinet Ministers will consider a draft bill this morning to improve work life balance.

The bill includes a legal right to request flexible working hours and remote working for parents and carers of children up to age 12.

It would give people five days of unpaid leave a year to take care of family members who need support with medical issues.


The number of people in hospital with Covid-19 is down 25% in the past week.

750 are currently receiving treatment, compared to 1,004 seven days ago.

It’s also down 54% on the most recent peak, when 1,624 were in hospital on March 28th.


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