That's a DAM awful drop
by Mark Corcoran

Fórsa’s own Catherine Keogh spoke to Clem Ryan on KFM yesterday about the union’s new report on the community and voluntary sector. Listen back from 04:17, which opens with a brief discussion about Catherine and Clem’s shared appreciation of Andrea Bocelli: To listen back you can follow the link by clicking here.


At the same time yesterday our colleague Lynne Coffey was addressing the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection about Local Employment Services (LES), you can find out more here.


Lieutenant General Seán Clancy wrote a strongly worded letter to all Defence Forces members, in the wake of RTÉ’s Women of Honour programme. In it he called the abuse “distressing and unacceptable” and refers to the need for “urgency and purpose” to ensure similar abuse is not repeated or tolerated in the future. The full article is available on the Irish Times website.


The Times also report that there are concerns in government as they look set to rule out a voucher forming part of a Covid-19 pandemic bonus for frontline workers.


The Irish Independent reports that FINE Gael TDs are pushing for an increase in the State pension of as much as €10-a-week in the Budget as Tánaiste Leo Varadkar also heard calls from his own party to abandon plans for a pandemic bonus and the expected increase in carbon tax.


Senior Government sources have told the Business Post that Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Finance, has said that the government is approaching a “critical moment” in the talks on a new global corporation tax deal, with new text due in the coming days.



On this day in 1882, something special happened. In Appleton, Wisconsin, the owner of a paper mill, H.J Rogers, attached a dynamo to his water wheel which began producing electricity. Within a few years, similar electric generators were in use on dams all over the world. The Cingino Dam became an internet senstaion due to this video from BBC's forces of nature with Brian Cox. In the video an Ibex climbs all the way up the dam to drink the salt water produced. The video has been viewed over 168 million times. Take a look at it here.


The incredible ibex defies gravity and climbs a dam | Forces of Nature with Brian Cox - BBC

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