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Aldi and Deliveroo team up to offer free grocery deliveries



Aldi and Deliveroo have teamed up to offer free grocery delivery from January 14th to February 11th in a bid to support public health guidelines and encourage people to stay at home.

Aldi and Deliveroo will remove the standard €4.99 delivery fee attached to all grocery orders for the contactless service.

Over 400 products from Aldi can be ordered through Deliveroo’s on-demand delivery service, and will be delivered in as little as 30 minutes. The partnership’s service is available to up to 1.5 million people living in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick.

Launched in 2020, this speedy 30 minute service allows you to do your shop safely and conveniently without leaving the house, enabling people to get their grocery shopping to their doorstep in a contactless delivery or place an order and have it delivered to a loved one at another address.

Customers can avail of this free delivery on the app as often as they wish, with minimum and maximum order values of €25 to €75 remaining in place.

Aldi’s Deliveroo service is available within a 5km radius of 19 stores across Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick. Experienced Aldi staff will select and pack the shopping, while a Deliveroo driver will deliver the shopping to the doorstep in as little as 30 minutes.

Cork participating stores:

Aldi – Tory Top Road, Ballyphehane, Cork

Aldi – Skehard Road, Blackrock, Cork

Aldi – The Elysian Tower, Eglington Street, Cork City

Aldi – Bishopstown Road, Wilton, Cork


Dublin participating stores:

Aldi – East Wall Road, North Dock, Dublin

Aldi – Terenure Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin

Aldi – The Boulevard at Rockbrook, Sandyford, Dublin

Aldi – River Valley, Swords, Dublin

Aldi – Belgard Rd, Tallaght, Dublin

Aldi – Newlands Cross, Clondalkin, Dublin

Aldi – 38/41 Parnell Street, Dublin

Aldi – Lower Rathmines Rd, Rathmines, Dublin

Aldi – Unit G26 Frascati Shopping Centre, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

Galway participating stores:

Aldi – Rahoon, Knocknacarra, Co. Galway

Aldi – Headford Road, Units 7/8 Galway Retail Park, Galway

Aldi – West City Centre Retail Park, Seamus Quirke Road, Galway


Limerick participating stores:

Aldi – Dublin Road, Co. Limerick

Aldi – LEDO, Childers Road, Limerick

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GDP likely grew 2.5% in 2020 despite Covid, says Central Bank



Gross domestic product in Ireland probably grew 2.5 per cent last year despite a series of national Covid-19 lockdowns as a strong multinational sector lifted the economy, the Central Bank forecast on Friday.

The bank’s last forecast, in October, was for an annual contraction of 0.4 per cent. Since then data showed GDP posted annual growth of 8 per cent in the third quarter. Data for the fourth quarter has not yet been released.

“Despite the downturn in global trade, Irish exports are projected to have grown by over 4 per cent last year, with this resilience reflecting the strong growth of exports of pharmaceuticals, computer services and business services,” the Central Bank said in a quarterly economic report.

“As a result, GDP is now estimated to have grown by 2.5 per cent in 2020,” it said.

One in eight of the State’s workforce is employed by foreign multinationals, including many of the world’s largest tech and pharmaceutical companies.

The Central Bank said GDP is set to grow 3.8 per cent this year, a slight increase on October’s forecast of 3.4 per cent, in part due to the British-EU trade deal signed in December and additional spending announced in October’s budget.

If the Government is forced to prolong its Covid-19 containment measures into the second half of the year, GDP will grow by a weaker 1.5 per cent, the bank said.

Domestic demand

Stripping out the impact of the multinational sector, underlying domestic demand likely suffered a sharp contraction of 7.1 per cent in 2020.

It is set to bounce back to grow 2.9 per cent in 2021 and 3.6 per cent in 2022, helped by a large stock of savings built up during the lockdowns, the bank said.


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The unemployment rate will hit an average of 9.3 per cent this year before falling to 7.8 per cent in 2022.

The Government in October forecast a 2020 GDP contraction of 3.5 per cent. Stockbrokers Davy on Thursday forecast Irish GDP growth of 3.3 per cent in 2020 and 4.8 per cent in 2021.

The Central Bank also warned that Covid could lead to house-price inflation by boosting personal savings and lowering housebuilding.

Around 23,000 fewer homes are likely to be built in 2020-2022, around a quarter of forecast supply, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Central Bank’s director of economics Mark Cassidy told journalists.

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Nothing rushed about special education reopening says Foley



The Minister for Education has denied there was anything rushed about the botched reopening of special education, as talks with unions continue.

Norma Foley says every effort is being made to ensure children with special educational needs can return to school.

Students with special education needs had been due attend classes in-person once again from today, before talks between the Department of Education and the unions collapsed on Tuesday.

Union representatives said staff were hesitant to return to the classroom with the current high levels of Covid-19 in the community.

Ms Foley accused the unions of being “disingenuous” saying it was regretful they would not accept the public health advice that schools are a safe, controlled environment.

Describing Ireland as an outlier when it comes to students with special educational needs not attending classes in-person, Minister Foley said opposition assertions that the plan was not thought through are wrong.

Referencing the Minister’s comments regarding the talks with teachers’ and special needs assistants’ representatives, Labour’s education spokesperson Aodhan O’Riordain said Ms Foley should not make comments in public if she wants to get a deal.

“Say what you have to say in private with those unions who have also committed to do the same thing and then potentially we may have a road map for achieving what we all want, which is that education can be delivered [to] those who need it most,” said Mr O’Riordain.

Despite the difficulties, Fórsa, which represents special needs assistants, has reaffirmed its commitment to resuming education for students with additional needs, resuming engagement with Department officials this afternoon to “improve safety provision and re-build confidence”.

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Ireland making ‘clear progress’ says CMO but Level 5 likely for February



Ireland is making “clear progress” when it came to reducing the incidence rate of Covid-19, but still has a “very large burden of infection” according to the Chief Medical Officer.

Dr Tony Holohan added the incidence of the virus in Ireland is now 10 times higher than it was when the Government eased public health restrictions in December and the country’s efforts to drive down the rate of infection must be maintained.

His comments come after Taoiseach Micheál Martin said Level 5 restrictions will likely continue “well into” February.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin (Brian Lawless/PA)

Speaking at the National Public Health Emergency Team’s (Nphet) briefing Dr Holohan said: “On December 1st, when we last eased restrictions, our five-day moving average was 261 cases per day, today it is almost 10 times that number at 2,430 cases per day.

“It is evident that the population is working as one to reduce contacts and interrupt further transmission of the disease. However, we are witnessing the effects of high levels of community transmission through our hospital and ICU admissions and reported deaths.

“We need to continue to work together to drive this infection down and bring the disease back under control.”

It comes as the chief executive of the HSE said the Covid-19 situation in hospitals is at the “highest level of concern that we’ve ever had”.

Thursday saw a further 51 deaths due to Covid-19 and 2,608 new cases of Covid-19 recorded by the Department of Health.

Asked how long Covid-19 restrictions may remain in place Dr Holohan said Nphet did not have any reason to disagree with the Taoiseach’s expectations that Level 5 would continue for a number of weeks.

Dr Holohan said: “We have a very significant burden of infection. Looking at infection levels two weeks ago: they were very high, clearly very high.

“We’ve now reduced substantially in relative terms since then, but we have to look back to the beginning of December. We’re still 10 times higher.”

“It is simply a level of infection that’s way too high,” he added.

“We have further progress we have to make.”

The Taoiseach told Virgin Media’s Ireland AM that transmission rates of the virus were still too high to ease restrictions.

The Cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 is expected to meet on Monday to finalise plans to extend the current restrictions before Cabinet ministers approve the measures at a meeting on Tuesday.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn told the briefing that more than 500 people had died of Covid-19 in Ireland so far this month.

He warned that the trend was expected to continue over the coming days.


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“Sadly so far in the month of January there have been 532 deaths associated with Covid-19,” he said. “This compares with a total of 174 such deaths in the month of December and 164 such deaths in November.”

Earlier it emerged Dr Holohan had warned the Government last week that the death toll was likely to be up to 1,000 by the end of the month.

In a letter to the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly on January 14th, Dr Holohan said the latest modelling data suggested that there could be at least 25 to 30 deaths a day.

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