Winging it
by Mehak Dugal

As public transport returns to full capacity from this morning, initial reports from transport bodies suggest that numbers using public services have remained largely unchanged so far. 


Meanwhile, transport unions have urged their members not to facilitate the planned increase in capacity on services beyond 75 per cent until all public health restrictions are lifted in October.

The National Bus and Rail Union and Siptu also said they would fully support front-line train workers among others, not to operate on crowded carriages across the rail network.


Bernard Harbor spoke to Newstalk Breakfast and TodayFM yesterday on the proposed phased reopening of workplaces and you can listen back to it here and here.

In case you missed it, Fórsa put out this statement on school secretaries staging a one-day strike on Wednesday 15th September. This was picked up by the Times, Examiner, the Indo and Journal.


People who are pregnant are now to be offered Covid-19 mRNA vaccinations at any stage of their pregnancy, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly confirmed yesterday. 


Elsewhere, NPHET doesn’t believe the downward trend in daily cases will be maintained for long. 

And the World Health Organization is monitoring a new coronavirus variant known as "Mu", first identified in Colombia in January.


The Government is launching its delayed 'Housing for All' plan today, here are all the the key points outlined. And this op-ed explores the rise of housing activism in Ireland, and the growing challenge for housing activists to innovate and survive in uncertain times. 


Some lighter news to finish on today, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration camera was filming off the New England coast when they made a discovery of a yellow sponge appeared aside a pink starfish, mirroring a well-known pair of cartoon icons.

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