Farmers will receive extra State payments to grow crops on their land under a series of extraordinary measures being considered by Government to counteract the economic and financial impact of the Ukrainian crisis.
Emergency plans to house up to 80,000 Ukrainian refugees, which could involve constructing modular homes on State land such as the Curragh, are being drawn up with officials from the Department of Children working throughout the weekend with several hundred hotels being acquired from next week.
With thousands of families now expected to arrive here, the Department of Education is working on meeting the demand for extra school places, while psychological supports and counselling are also being looked at.
Meanwhile, a reduction in excise and an increase in the hauliers’ fuel rebate is on the cards to help ease soaring petrol, diesel and home heating costs.
Source: Farmers will be paid to grow crops as supplies from Ukraine and Russia collapse
At least 3,500 people have been detained during a series of anti-war protests across Russia on Sunday, the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs has said, according to Russian news agencies.
The rights groups OVD-info put the number of people arrested at 4,640 in 65 cities on Sunday.
It brings the number of demonstrators arrested since the start of the Russian military invasion to more than 13,000.
Numerous rallies have taken place across Russia since the beginning of the invasion, despite new laws being passed to crack down on protesters.
Source: Thousands arrested during anti-war protests in Russia, authorities say | Euronews
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