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Members of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions will meet this morning to discuss what further measures are needed to get the Government back into public sector pay talks.

The union has threatened industrial action this autumn unless the talks, which ended without agreement in June, are restarted and an improved offer is made by the State.


Coalition Party leaders have failed to break the deadlock over how much Ireland should reduce carbon emissions from agriculture by the end of the decade.

Talks ended without agreement last night and its unclear whether a deal can be reached in the short term.


Anti-abortion protests won’t be allowed within 100 metres of a hospital providing terminations under plans going to Cabinet this morning.

Long-awaited exclusion zone legislation is expected to be passed before the end of the year.


Russia is due to further cut gas supplies to Europe today.

The state energy firm Gazprom is planning to reduce flow through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline – which is already running at just 40 percent capacity.

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