The Cabinet is set to meet today to consider measures that could see the end to almost all Covid-19 restrictions by 22 October. The plans being considered also include a phased return to workplaces by September 20th.
Meanwhile, the European Union has recommended that its member states reimpose travel restrictions on US tourists over rising Covid infections in the country.
Laura Bambrick has this piece in the Examiner on why the State's hands-off approach to childcare must end.
A second employer at Cork Airport, Swissport, has confirmed that employees will not be laid off for the duration of the airport’s temporary closure. More on that here.
Recent reports have highlighted that between 20 and 40% of employees in the US and UK are considering leaving their current job, a phenomenon that has been dubbed 'The Great Resignation'.
And the Guardian has this piece on the result of Britain’s labour shortages, the downward slide of pay and conditions and the opportunities for trade unions to step in.
Some more good news from Tokyo- Nicole Turner won a silver medal in the 50m butterfly on at the Paralympic Games, while Cyclists Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal delivered Ireland’s first Para Cycling medal of Tokyo 2020. Portlaoise hand-cyclist Gary O’Reilly also secured a bronze in the men’s H5 time trial at the Fuji International Speedway.
For today's Zen I leave you with this Instagram account that has proven the thirst for old, obscure snippets of a past Ireland is still going strong. ‘Reeling in the weird’ started out with an archaic bit of footage from Pat Kenny making Ireland's first mobile phone call in 1985, has since descended into a plethora of gems featuring the Loch Ness Monster of Nobber and, of course, Ireland’s first pub-crèche in Baldoyle. This account has it all.