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Richard Curran: Business is bracing itself for a winter of discontent 

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Intervention: Aer Lingus is seeking 500 redundancies

Intervention: Aer Lingus is seeking 500 redundancies

Intervention: Aer Lingus is seeking 500 redundancies

Businesses have been in a kind of limbo since the economy began to open up over the summer. The relief felt by the likes of retailers, restaurateurs and hairdressers at finally re-opening has been temporary and a little unreal. It is now beginning to subside for many of them.

Winter is coming and the scale of the problems likely to come at us looms large. There are already plenty of warning signs.

Aviation: Aer Lingus is looking at around 500 redundancies and may not re-open regional bases in Shannon and Cork. The company which could end up availing of state intervention lost €316m in the first six months of this year. In the absence a large public appetite in the country to end 14-day self-isolation rules, politicians won't change course.