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Dublin: 13 °C Sunday 5 July, 2020

The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock…

EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five things you need to know before you head out the door.

1. #SICK LEAVE: Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin welcomed a proposal by the Labour Court to halve the amount of paid sick leave granted to public service workers. Public sector employees will receive three months on full pay and three months on half pay from 2014.

2. #WALKOUT: Members of the opposition in the Dáil staged a mass walkout this afternoon over the government’s Gaeltacht Bill. The legislation proposes to change the function and administration of Gaeltacht areas including the body which works in these areas to slow the decline in the number of people who currently speak Irish. Opposition members wanted the bill to be given more consideration by the Dáil before it rises until 18 September.

3. #INDUSTRIAL ACTION: SIPTU said today that staff at a women’s refuge in Kilkenny have voted to take industrial action up to and including a strike. The vote, by members who work for Amber Kilkenny Women’s Refuge, follows the management’s decision to make all of the facility’s shift attendants redundant.

4. #EMERGENCY SERVICES: The Roscommon Hospital Action Committee has issued a plea for basic emergency services in the county after it emerged that a 19-year-old girl died on a two hour journey to Galway University Hospital in November last year. Elaine Curley was just 15 minutes from Roscommon Hospital after being involved in a single vehicle crash but was brought first to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe and then on to Galway.

5. #HOUSEHOLD CHARGE: The body representing council managers across the country has shared its “disappointment” at the nationwide level of household charge payments. The latest figures for registrations, compiled last Friday, showed that an estimated 986,676 households had either paid the €100 or registered for a waiver from it.

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