Back in time 
by Mehak Dugal

Trade unions in the construction sector are to seek a minimum guaranteed 39-hour week for workers as part of a proposed revised sectoral employment agreement. The Labour Court has invited submissions by the end of July for a review of pay and conditions on foot of an application by five trade unions for a new sectoral employment order for the general construction sector.

The Restaurant Association of Ireland has said that several pubs and restaurants have been the subject of ‘coordinated’ online abuse and fake reviews this week by those opposing the use of Covid-19 vaccine certs to attend indoor dining.

Rise in Dublin Airport numbers offers a sliver of hope for the crisis-hit sector as it has seen up to 32,000 passengers a day going through since restrictions on air travel were lifted on July 19th the chief executive of airport operator DAA has said.


In other news, divorce applications rose by 29% last year, the highest increase since legislation was introduced. The Courts Service has put the increase in divorce cases down to both Covid-19 and a change in law which reduced waiting times.

Meanwhile, a nationwide study carried out by Irish Business Against Litter has found that the majority of beaches and harbours across Ireland are falling short of receiving ‘clean’ status.

More good news from Tokyo today, Cork’s Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy became the first Irish rowers in history to claim a gold medal at the Olympic Games. The Skibbereen pair beat Germany into second place over the 2000m course at Tokyo harbour.

And finally, our zen today is the viral country song 'Old Town Road', by Lil Nas X,  which was released just over two years ago today and went on to become the longest-running No.1 in US chart history. Enjoy!

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