by Niall Shanahan

Today's front pages lead with Covid travel warnings, the Poots exit and the housing crisis. As the CMO hails the near elimination of Covid among the vaccinated, an Irish Times poll indicates that a narrow majority of people say the reopening of social and economic life should proceed quickly, while a significant minority are much more cautious.


Elsewhere, minister of state HIldegarde Naughton told the Dáil yesterday that the Government aims to restore regional air services between Dublin and airports in Donegal and Kerry, the services previously provided by Stobart, by July 19th, which is when international air travel is due to resume. Meanwhile, Ireland could begin receiving the largest share of the European Union’s Brexit adjustment fund before the end of the year.


Barry O'Halloran writes in today's Irish Times that recovery in Irish aviation is going to require substantial amounts of State cash, and provides an in-depth analysis of the overall situation.


News just in this morning is that as Ireland marks the end of its first ever term as a Titulaire (full member) of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Minister for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English has announced the Government’s decision to ratify the 1986 Instrument for the Amendment of the ILO Constitution, and has thanked Congress and Ibec for their support for the ratification of the Amendment.




Your Zen moment is a trailer for a forthcoming documentary that caught my eye. Roadrunner is a film about journeyman cook, writer and broadcaster Anthony Bourdain. He's the late author of the seminal Kitchen Confidential and presenter of the excellent Parts Unknown series, eight seasons of which are available on Netflix. The film looks like a must-see for fans. If you're not a fan, I recommend dipping into the series to get a taste.


Have a lovely weekend.




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