Culture vulture
by Róisín McKane

School caretakers and school secretaries will take part in strike action and a protest rally at the Dáil tomorrow. Check out the day's events here. 


Fórsa, alongside other unions representing healthcare workers, appeared before the Labour Court yesterday in an effort to secure recognition for their work during the Covid-19 crisis. Eamonn Donnelly spoke to KFM on the matter yesterday, listen back to that here. 


Increases in the state pension and social welfare payments are among some of areas being considered by the Cabinet ahead of next month’s Budget, according to The Indo. Meanwhile, ICTU has said the Government should abandon its plans for tax cuts in the upcoming Budget and instead prioritise increases in public expenditure on housing, healthcare and childcare. Read more on that here.


Elsewhere, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said giving workers the choice to retire from 65 is a mark of a "progressive and civilised society".


Lone parents and their children account for 53% of all homeless families and are much more likely to experience poor housing than other household types, according to a report published by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and the Economic and Social Research Institute.


The Times reports on recommendations that booster doses against Covid-19 for the general population are not appropriate at this stage of the pandemic.


People receiving the PUP will notice the first reductions to the scheme in their pockets from today. Read more on that here.


And finally, the Aer Lingus Shannon-London Heathrow service returns today for the first time since March 2020. But Aer Lingus has made no long-term commitment to continuing the service beyond the end of November.




We have some autumnal gold for our zen this morning. 'Monster Mash' is 59 years old this month and still a firm favourite as we head towards Halloween season.


Have a good day folks.




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