Scheme reform
by Róisín McKane

The Four Day Week Ireland campaign is featured this morning. See coverage here and here. The movement is presenting its plans for the pilot campaign to the Oireachtas Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment later today.


The Times reports that  issues of sexual harassment and bullying of women in the Defence Forces will have to be addressed if the organisation is to retain and attract female members. Meanwhile, Minister Simon Coveney has said a confidential contact person is being appointed to assist former and serving members of the Defence Forces who make allegations of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment or discrimination in the workplace.


The Central Bank has said that post-Covid growth surge in the Irish economy is expected to generate 160,000 additional jobs over the next two years, reducing the unemployment rate to below 6 per cent. Read more on that here


The FSU is seeking mediation with KBC Bank through the WRC over a number of concerns relating to the lender’s planned exit from the Irish market.


Almost half of taxpayers in Ireland believe housing should be the biggest issue on the Government’s Budget 2022 agenda, according to a recent survey.


Local authorities are to be asked to review lands that formerly housed mother and baby homes to prevent unsuitable developments from proceeding.


More than five billion people could have difficulty accessing water in 2050, the United Nations warned. Read more on that here.


And finally, a rally will take place outside the Dáil from 1pm today, calling on Health Minister Stephen Donnelly to honour his commitment to end partner restrictions in maternity care. Read more on that here.




Squirrel feeders and Halloween make for a screamingly good zen this morning


Have a good day folks.


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