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Government agree to sick pay reform, but Labour says six month delay will hinder fight against the pandemic

Ireland is one of only five EU members that doesn’t recognise sick pay as a right.

Unions and meat processors agree safety protocol for workers in the industry

Siptu division organiser Greg Ennis said that serial testing must be maintained at meat plants going forward.

Varadkar: 'If public health teams recommend that a meat plant should close, it should close. Full stop'

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said meat barons are playing with people’s lives.

Publicans in Dublin urge government to 'stick with its decision' on 21 September re-opening date

The Licenced Vintners Association said today that publicans in Dublin and around the country deserve the chance to re-open.


Concern for employees at meat processing plants as working conditions 'fall off radar' and testing paused

The HSE this week said it had decided to prioritise testing in the community.

Widespread Covid-19 testing to begin tomorrow in all direct provision centres

The testing rollout follows a recommendation from NPHET.

'Right decision': HSE boss says suspension of meat plant testing was necessary to deal with surge in demand elsewhere

The serial testing has been suspended in order to meet the surge in demand for community testing.

HSE says testing at meat plants suspended until next week to help meet 'significant rise in demand' for community tests

Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy described the decision as “reckless” and “inexplicable”.

Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

Here’s what made the headlines today…

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Oxford vaccine trial on pause, a meat plant won’t renew Direct Provision contracts, and Phil Hogan gives an interview.

New data shows 2,018 Covid-19 outbreaks in private homes

The total number of workplace outbreaks is 85, including 31 in meat processing plants.

Union says 20 Direct Provision residents working at meat plant told contracts won't be renewed due to high risk

Mass testing at meat plants has indicated levels of infection among workers is now very low.

HSE urges public to apply for paid testing, swabbing and contact tracing roles

At this morning’s HSE briefing, CEO Reid said that 3,000 tests have been completed among meat plant workers.


Meat plant workers have a choice between going to work with Covid symptoms or not getting paid, Dáil told

Alan Kelly TD said we can’t have a situation where workers are going into meat plants having taken paracetamol or Calpol to hide their temperature.

'It was a massive blow': Kildare business owners continue to count the cost of regional lockdown

Cabinet agreed to lift the extra restrictions in place in the county yesterday.

Nearly 1,500 cases linked to 28 meat factory outbreaks across the country

In the 28 days up to 15 August, there were 330 confirmed Covid-19 cases associated with meat/poultry factory outbreaks.

Total of five Covid outbreaks in pubs reported during pandemic

There is a push to get pubs open next month.

Migrant rights group seeks meeting with Taoiseach over 'serious' concerns from meat factory workers

Nearly 1,500 confirmed cases have been linked to 28 meat factory outbreaks.

22 Covid-19 cases confirmed at ABP meat processing plant in Tipperary

The facility has operated at a “limited capacity” since the first case was identified on 14 August.

Covid committee: HSE boss to be questioned on clusters in meat plants and re-opening of schools

Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly and Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn will also appear today.

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

'It's bigger than the crash': David McCullagh says Covid-19 makes the Six One more important than ever

The new co-host of the Six One chats Covid-19, commemorations and why journalism matters more than ever.

Meat processing plant in Co Antrim to close temporarily after workers test positive for Covid-19

Cranswick Country Foods in Cullybackey is set to close temporarily from Saturday.

Colm Henry says advice is 'clear' that you must restrict movements for 14 days when arriving from non-Green List country

The issue of Phil Hogan was raised as HSE officials addressed an Oireachtas Committee this morning.

Focus until Christmas is on reopening society, protecting jobs and the most vulnerable, says minister

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has asked NPHET whether the Kildare lockdown can be lifted early.

NPHET to meet today to discuss restrictions in Kildare, Laois and Offaly

The measures announced by government for these counties are due to expire this weekend.

Committee to hear 'more than 40 meat plant workers in one town sharing accommodation'

Union representatives will tell committee members that the industry contains ‘unrivalled vectors’ for the transmission of the virus.

Almost half of new Covid-19 cases linked to outbreaks in workplaces

The CSO has been analysing the statistics for the number of people who contracted or died from Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Asylum seeker says Direct Provision workers' hours were reduced at meat plant

This comes after clusters at four meat plants led to a localised lockdown in Kildare, Offaly and Laois.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

From The42 'Sporting organisations shouldn’t have to take the fall for government failures' -  Sinn Féin Unimpressed

'Sporting organisations shouldn’t have to take the fall for government failures' - Sinn Féin

Meanwhile, the Football Association of Ireland have confirmed they are in discussions around the latest Covid-19 guidelines.

Morning Memo: Berlin D2 blues, meat plant sick pay and our short attention span

Focus has shifted from the meat industry to the pub and hospitality sector since the weekend.

Leo Varadkar says he regrets people 'jumping to blame' and 'finger-pointing' over spike in Covid-19 cases

The Tánaiste explained that when the virus starts rising in the community, “you then start seeing clusters popping up all over the place”.

Offaly meat factory announces suspension of operations following criticism for opening this morning

Three other meat factories in Kildare, which is also under regional Covid restrictions, have temporarily closed.

Explainer: What's the latest advice about Covid-19 symptoms and when should you seek a test?

Hrere’s another look at Ireland’s testing system and how it works.

'All sorts of a mess': Dáil Covid committee hears from trade unions about meat plant workers' 'tale of woe'

Meat plants accused of ‘union-busting tactics’ by a trade union representative.

'I don't want to go back': Asylum seeker fearful of returning to Direct Provision centre after Covid-19 outbreak

Mndala Limote said he is fearful of returning to his Direct Provision centre when his isolation at CityWest ends.

Around 20% of meat plant workers are covered by sick pay, according to an industry spokesperson

Meat industry representatives appeared before the special Dáil committee on Covid this afternoon.

Where is Ireland right now when it comes to Covid-19? Here's what the statistics available tell us

There have been more new confirmed cases already this month than in June and July combined.

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