Video: Taoiseach to address Cop26, booster jabs for healthcare workers, Leaving Cert reform

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Cop26

Taoiseach Micheál Martin is due to address the Cop26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow later today.

Earlier, Mr Martin said Ireland has no choice when it comes to climate change, as“it will catch up with us if we don’t do something”.

He added that Ireland now has an opportunity to work with the farming sector to make sure there would be a sustainable future for young farmers, but warned everyone had to deal with the realities of climate change.

Leaving Cert reform

The Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris is to tell an Oireachtas committee that the Leaving Certificate "does not prepare a student for life beyond education".

Mr Harris will address the Joint Committee on Education, Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science today, telling its members that the current system "does not teach students about financial literacy, digital skills, sex education, or climate skills".

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Among the top priorities the Minister is expected to highlight are plans to increase visibility for further education, training and apprenticeship options.

Dublin fatal collision

A man has been killed following a single vehicle road traffic collision in Dublin.

Gardaí attended the scene at Sallymount Avenue, Ranelagh, Dublin 6 at approximately 8.30pm on Monday night.

A man in his 40s was taken to St Vincent's University Hospital in a critical condition after the motorised pedal bike he was travelling on struck a pole. Gardaí confirmed the man later died due to his injuries.

Booster jabs

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has welcomed the decision to extend vaccine boosters to healthcare workers following advice issued by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac) on Monday.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly confirmed the rollout of the booster jabs will begin this weekend.

It comes as almost 3,500 health staff are out of work due to Covid-related illnesses.

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