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Varadkar says people refusing to return to work lose pandemic payment

The Taoiseach has warned that anyone who turns down a return to work will lose eligibility for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

It comes after it emerged that nearly 40% of people receiving the payment are currently better off than they were when they were working.

On Newstalk Breakfast this morning, Leo Varadkar said the situation is “not fair” and “not sustainable” – but insisted Government had little option but to move forward with it as the COVID-19 outbreak was unfolding.

Coronavirus: 12 more deaths and 76 new cases in Republic

coronavirus Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ie

There have been another 12 coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic.

76 new cases of the virus have also been confirmed today.

It brings the total number of cases confirmed here since the outbreak began to 24,391, while the number of deaths now stands at 1,583.

Police confirm discovery of human remains in car pulled from Lough Erne

Police have confirmed that human remains were found in a car recovered from Lough Erne earlier this week.

The car was located by police divers as part of the investigation in the disappearance of Michel ‘Tony’ Lynch from County Monaghan 18 years ago.

The father-of-four was last seen on Fermanagh Street in Clones in Clones on January 6th 2002.

An Post CEO: 'We delivered more parcels last week than at Christmas'

An Post Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

The CEO of An Post says there's been an "extraordinary boom" in online shopping amid the COVID-19 restrictions.

David McRedmond says more than 1.2 million parcels were delivered last week alone, which he says was a record for An Post and "more than at Christmas".

Speaking on The Hard Shoulder, Mr McRedmond suggested there's great opportunities for small and medium sized Irish businesses who invest in their online efforts.

Door from Air Corps helicopter falls from sky onto school grounds in Dublin

Investigations are underway after the door of an Air Corps helicopter fell from the sky in Dublin this evening.

It happened in the Clondalkin area shortly before 6pm this evening.

Gardaí say they received reports that a 'large item' had landed in the grounds of Moyle Park College.

Photos and videos from the scene show that the rear door of an Air Corps helicopter had landed in the area.

Main image: File photo of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

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