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

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Updated Sep 9th 2020, 8:50 AM

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1. #MEAT PLANTS: Trade union SIPTU is aware of a group of workers at a meat processing plant who have been told their contracts will not be renewed because of the high risk associated with their living situation in a Direct Provision centre.

2. #OXFORD VACCINE: The development of a potential Covid-19 vaccine made by Oxford and pharmaceutical AstraZeneca has been paused after a UK volunteer fell ill.

3. #IT’S BACK: The government has approved its 2020 Brexit Readiness Action Plan, which will focus on telling businesses that there is still time to prepare, but that they need to do so soon.

4. #GIVE AND TAKE: Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said it was “extraordinary” that the UK plans to introduce controversial legislation that would override elements of Boris Johnson’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

5. #OPENING HOURS: Publicans have said if pubs are prevented from opening in Dublin and Limerick due to Covid-19, it would be a “body blow” to the sector.

6. #BIG PHIL: Former EU Commissioner Phil Hogan has told the Kilkenny People that the government launched a “full scale attack” on him, and that he did not receive due process.

7. #MORIA: Fire has swept through Greece’s largest refugee camp, which had been placed under Covid-19 lockdown, leaving more than 12,000 people in emergency need of shelter on the island of Lesbos.

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8. #CREAGH LANE: Men who were sexually abused as children by a teacher at their Limerick primary school will protest outside the Dáil and the Department of Education today, RTÉ News reports.

9. #THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: The pensioner featured in a viral photo of him enjoying a pint with a little clock on his table has told The Independent that “health is more important” than the pubs, but added that “It’s good to get a pint now and again”.

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