Fur-well October!
by Mehak Dugal

The first batches of antigen test kits are arriving in post boxes around the country today as the Government ramps up use of the rapid testing method, amid stronger contact tracing efforts. At present they are only being posted out to vaccinated people who were close contacts of confirmed Covid cases and who do not have symptoms of the disease.


Sticking with Covid news, revised guidelines published yesterday evening outline that patrons of nightclubs and late-night events will have to adhere to a one-metre social distancing rule when queuing for the bar. The government had also announced new proposals for the sector on Tuesday evening, which stated that ticketing for nightclubs and events will be electronic and will need to be booked by patrons at least an hour in advance, which come into effect today.


The Times has this piece on trade unions adapting to a changing world, quoting Kevin Callinan. 


Rail staff here are set to vote on industrial action over lack of protection against ‘anti-social’ behaviour on trains. Members of the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) have said authorities must act to protect rail workers from such acts which have now gone “well beyond a tipping point”.


A new technological university was announced for the north-west, following an application from the Galway-Mayo, Sligo and Letterkenny institutes of technology.


And Facebook has announced it will be changing the name of its holding company to Meta in a massive rebranding effort, as the company faces a series of public relations crises.


Finally, for Zen today we have this perennial favourite to put you in the Halloween mood as we head into the weekend. Enjoy! 


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