If you’re not sure how you’re going to keep the kids entertained this summer (besides handing them a sweeping brush and pointing them outside), the Irish Independent’s Louise McBride has a few useful tips this week. Those include the various summer camps available across the country, free summer festivals and events, and taking parental leave to avoid paying the generally high cost of childcare.
Big bin bills
In other news, the Irish Examiner reports that Irish consumers could face bin bill hikes of up to €500, following the introduction of pay-by-weight measures this July, with sharp rises in service charges. Speaking in the Dáil yesterday, independent TD Joan Collins railed against what she termed a “cartel”. “These increases affect a huge amount of people and a huge amount of households in this country,” she said.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government is monitoring the situation. Speaking to the Irish Examiner, Minister Simon Coveney said that he will meet with waste companies to discuss this issue. “I would take a dim view if we see clear evidence of abuse. This was never about increasing bin charges. If we need to introduce regulations to ensure that doesn’t happen then we will do that,” he said.
Nose for news
How do you get your news? According to a recent survey conducted by the Reuters Institute, more than half of Irish consumers (52%) keep up to date on the news via social media. The research notes that wide availability has led to a reluctance to pay for news, while print lags behind TV, radio, social media and other online sources. RTE News takes the top spot for online news, followed by the Irish Independent and thejournal.ie.
“Free news continues to create a climate averse to digital subscriptions. The top three online news brands are the public service broadcaster, RTE, digital-born thejournal.ie, and the Independent online which all offer news that is free to consumers,” the report said.