Irish COVID-19 jobless claims fall to six-month low

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The number of people in Ireland claiming temporary coronavirus-related jobless benefits fell by 8% to 285,000 this week, its lowest level since December last year, the department of social protection said on Wednesday.

Ireland has reopened non-essential retail, hotels and outdoor bars and restaurants in recent weeks following their closure in late December during a spike in COVID-19 infections.

Photo: A tourist takes a picture of the famous Temple Bar pub in Temple Bar, Dublin City, Ireland. EPA-EFE/AIDAN CRAWLEY