The Covid-19 crisis in Ireland is likely to coincide with peak milk processing.
Niall Cody told RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland that there were 26,000 employers in the scheme already, but hundreds had entered incorrect bank details.
$15 trillion has been wiped of world stock markets, oil has slumped 60%.
Half of Irish households do not have a fixed telephone line.
Retail sales fell by 4.3% in February compared to January this year.
The State can afford the huge expenditure bill and hit to revenue from the Covid-19 crisis for six months but the sustainability of the finances starts to come into question if the pandemic fallout extends for a longer period, warns Seamus Coffey
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said building sites can continue to operate in Ireland despite calls for them to be shut to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Debenhams and Nandos are among the latest high street brands to confirm they are to close their shops to help protect staff and customers.
The Hastings Hotels group’s luxury portfolio includes the Europa in Belfast and the Slieve Donard in Co Down.
The chief executive of Dublin City Council, Owen Keegan, has said that it is not feasible to introduce a blanket cancellation of rates.