Tis the season
by Róisín McKane

ICTU's Dr Laura Bambrick writes in The Examiner about the need for the State’s social safety net to be strengthened for workers, as recipients of the PUP will see the amount they receive reduced further from today.


Cabinet will today consider a proposal that would strongly advise people to work from home. It follows close to five hours of discussions among the Taoiseach, ministers and health officials at the Cabinet Covid Committee last night.

You can listen back here to SIPTU's Michael Taft speak to Newstalk on the same subject.

Residential property prices rose by 12.4% in the year to September, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office. 


The situation in the health service is “very, very grim” the HSE chief operations officer has warned, as the number of Covid patients in hospital reaches a level last seen in February.

The National Transport Authority has announced the introduction of a 90-minute fare across public transport services in the Dublin area from 28 November. 


The Times reports that booster vaccines are expected for hundreds of thousands of people in their 50s in a bid to keep the Government’s pandemic policy on track.

Children’s critical care units regularly exceed recommended occupancy levels and much-needed beds remain closed due to staff shortages, according to a new report.

And finally, Government has been urged to give the full picture on whether the electricity grid can handle energy capacity over the winter, after what has been described as "deeply concerning" system alerts over the past year, according to The Examiner.



The Beach Boys bring us our zen with Good Vibrations which is 55 years old this week. 


Have a good day folks. 


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