Top four things you need to know – Tuesday October 26th

Two five-year plans aiming to cut Irish greenhouse gas emissions in half by the end of the decade have been released.

The Climate Change Advisory Council is targeting cuts of 4.8% a year up to 2025, followed by 8.4% annually to 2030.

Climate Action Minister Eamon Ryan says sector-by-sector targets will be published in the weeks ahead, and each “will need to play its part”.

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The Fine Gael health spokesperson in the Seanad is calling on the HSE to make the flu jab free as well as a scaled-up information campaign on it’s benefits.

Martin Conway says the flu vaccine is more important than ever as we deal with the impact of Covid-19 and rising cases in the coming weeks.

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Health inequality in Europe has worsened due to Covid-19 with vulnerable social groups disproportionally negatively affected.

That’s according to a new report by Social Justice Ireland which points out that low income families are most at risk of not having their health needs met.

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Facebook made a €7.9bn profit in the three months to September, up from €6.7bn billion the year before.

The figures coincide with the social media giant battling reputational damage – after whistleblower Frances Haugen appeared before the UK Parliament yesterday.

She told MPs that Facebook “unquestionably” makes hate in society worse.


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