Together again
by Róisín McKane

The joint Fórsa-Siptu campaign which opposes plans to privatise essential local employment services is underway. 'Our Community is Not for Sale’ calls for an end to tenders for state contracts to run programmes to assist people getting back into the workforce. A socially distant rally will take place at 1pm outside Minister Heather Humphries office in Monaghan town on Thursday. Contact me if you would like more information.


The Times reports that a large fourth wave driven by the Delta variant could pose “significant challenges” to non-Covid care before the end of August, with warnings that heavy caseloads would put “severe pressure” on the HSE.


Across the pond saw the UK mark ‘Freedom Day’ yesterday however, The Times reports that it rang false amid surging illness and over a million self-isolating.


Both The Times and The Indo report that frustrated passengers have been left without their EU Digital Covid Certs as the Government’s helpline for queries relating to the travel certs was overwhelmed with calls yesterday.


Elsewhere, representatives from the restaurant and bar sector will this evening meet with Government officials as work continues on guidelines ahead of the anticipated reopening of indoor hospitality next week.


Nurses in Mullingar protested yesterday outside the Midlands Regional Hospital against what they say is understaffing and an excessive workload.


Workers and management at Doyle Shipping Group, who are members of Siptu, began talks on Monday in a bid to stave off industrial action over pay and conditions.


And finally, Government is due to present proposals soon in a bid to end a pay dispute with senior gardaí which is affecting official plans to roll out policing reforms and the conduct of GSOC investigations. 



Our zen this morning is a little mind bending. Watch this guy morph into literally anything.


Have a good day folks.  



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