The top 4 things you need to know now

    • The Government’s poised to announce a ‘Christmas-bonus style’ social welfare payment to tackle soaring inflation.
    • Hauliers across the island are struggling to deal with spiralling fuel costs. Newry-based firm Surefreight has begun placing a fuel surcharge on customers to cover the increases.
    • The INMO wants a return to mandatory mask wearing on public transport – as leading commentators claim we’re now experiencing a summer wave of Covid 19. Yesterday, there were 537 people in hospital with the virus, 27 of whom are in intensive care units.
    • Lay members of the Catholic Church have had their views on the future of the Church formally listened to by the hierarchy for the first time. 160 delegates from the 26 dioceses on the island of Ireland attended the Assembly in Athlone to hear submissions from both lay people and religious.

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