Taoiseach Micheál Martin has confirmed that indoor hospitality in pubs and restaurants will resume for fully vaccinated and Covid-recovered people on Monday next. President Michael D Higgins yesterday signed the Health Amendment No 2 Bill, paving the way for the reopening.
Government guidelines on how indoor hospitality will operate from Monday are due to be published shortly.
Fórsa and Siptu will be holding a socially distant rally protesting the privatisation of essential local employment services at 1pm today outside Minister Humphries constituency office in Monaghan. You can find out more here.
Meanwhile, SIPTU has also raised alarm at the serious risk to public from the shortage of trained firefighters in Dublin Fire Brigade.
A number of retail workers have claimed that they are being docked pay or have to stay back late to ‘pay back’ the time taken to get their Covid-19 vaccine during a work shift. This is despite messages from the Government and from NPHET asking employers to facilitate workers attending their Covid-19 vaccine appointment.
President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to Des O'Malley, the former leader and founder of the Progressive Democrats, who has died aged 82.
Elsewhere, the Hungarian government said it wants to hold a national referendum in an effort to “show public support” for a law that the European Union says discriminates against LGBT people. The government says the legislation aims to protect children, but many have criticised it as an attack on LGBT rights.
And finally, for our zen today, The Cars released 'Drive' from their Heartbeat City album as a single on this day in 1984, 37 years ago, which also went on to become their highest charting single. Enjoy!