Protesters have gathered outside the Dáil to demand a 100 per cent mica redress scheme.
It is the latest protest to call for full redress for homeowners whose properties were built using defective bricks containing excessive amounts of the mineral.
On Wednesday, Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien attended the final meeting of a working group set up to consider changes to a compensation scheme for those impacted by mica having previously said nothing was “off the table” in terms of redress.
Five hospitals have had their worst ever September for overcrowding new figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) show.
Cork University Hospital, Mercy University Hospital (Cork), University Hospital Kerry, Letterkenny University Hospital, and Portiuncula Hospital have all seen more patients on trolleys this month than any other year.
The figures come as four nurses in University Hospital Galway have quit, due to conditions in the hospital’s temporary emergency department.
People aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system will be offered an additional dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, the HSE has confirmed.
The announcement means people with certain underlying health conditions, or people receiving specific treatments which cause them to be immunocompromised or immunosuppressed, will receive another dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna).
Last week, HSE chief executive Paul Reid said the rollout of the booster jabs would start this week, adding the programme would take 5-6 weeks.
Nightclub pilot event
The first nightclub event since March 2020 is set to take place tonight in Dublin.
The pilot event will take place at the Button Factor and will feature a number of high profile DJs, with all attendees required to provide Covid certs and take an antigen test prior to entry.
Minister for the Arts Catherine Martin welcomed the event, saying it is “an important step as we prepare for a further reopening in October”.
Irish people who received their Covid-19 vaccine outside the EU will be able to apply for an EU Digital Covid Cert from today.
The portal will first open to Irish citizens who were vaccinated in the North, before rolling out to those who were vaccinated in all other countries next month.
Garth Brooks concerts
A meeting between the management of Croke Park and local residents is due to be held this evening over a number of gigs scheduled by country musician, Garth Brooks.
Five gigs to be held over two weekends next September have been announced for the stadium, however, the Clonliffe and Croke Park Area Residents’ Association has said “bookending 4/5 concerts either side of a very busy GAA season is unacceptable”.