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A deserted O’Connell Street yesterday

A deserted O’Connell Street yesterday

Dunnes Stores Workers are set to receive a 10pc pay increase, South Dublin County Council is to launch a dedicated community support helpline and a flight going to China to pick up personal protective equipment returns to Dublin Airport after striking a bird mid-air.

Independent.ie reporters are bringing you the latest coronavirus stories you may have missed today.

Dunnes Stores workers set for 10pc pay bonus

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Behind this media-shy and secretive veneer is a finely-tuned family-run retail brand that has an estimated turnover in excess of €3.6bn a year. Stock image

Behind this media-shy and secretive veneer is a finely-tuned family-run retail brand that has an estimated turnover in excess of €3.6bn a year. Stock image

Behind this media-shy and secretive veneer is a finely-tuned family-run retail brand that has an estimated turnover in excess of €3.6bn a year. Stock image

Anne-Marie Walsh reports

Dunnes Stores workers are set to get a Covid-19 pay bonus following similar commitments by Tesco and Aldi.

The retail union Mandate said the company has agreed to pay its staff 10pc extra on top of their wages, backdated to March 9.

It has also agreed to increase a staff discount to 20pc for the workforce of 10,000 employees.

Mandate said in a statement that the move followed a petition organised by the union that was signed by over 3,000 workers.

It said the company has also agreed to a coronavirus sick pay scheme.

Mandate general secretary John Douglas said it is the minimum profitable retailers should do considering the sacrifices being made by retail workers during this pandemic.

'Step Up, Stay Put' - Event agency launches fitness challenge with daily workouts for charity

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Family exercising with dumbbells at fitness studio

Family exercising with dumbbells at fitness studio

Family exercising with dumbbells at fitness studio

Mícheal Ó Scannáil reports

A Dublin-based event agency have launched a fitness challenge, and will deliver daily workouts, in an effort to raise money for charity, while people stay fit from home.

Event Fuel say that "as everyone adjusts to working from home and the kitchen table becomes a makeshift classroom, it’s important to also remain active within the confines of your own four walls."

Because of this they have launched Step Up, Stay Put - a charity fitness challenge calling on Irish people of all ages to get their 10,000 daily steps in while adhering to the government’s request to practice social distancing and stepping up to stay put in their homes wherever possible.

The challenge arose as a way of supporting the many charities that are suffering due to the cancellation of fundraising events, and Even Fuel are not befitting from any money raised.

They said the choice of charity is left up to the participant, "as so many charities have been greatly affected by the cancellation of events due to the spread of Covid-19".

If there is no particular charity close to the heart of participants, money raised goes to the COVID Response Team (CRT) 'Keep Breathing' campaign, a not-for-profit team of engineers, medical doctors, students and innovators who have come together with the sole purpose of developing a new, open-source, easily manufactured ventilator that will save so many lives throughout this pandemic.

The cost of registering, which all goes to charity and can be done online on Giv2Go.com, is €10 for individuals and €20 for families.

South Dublin County Council to launch dedicated community support helpline

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Mícheál Ó Scannáil reports

A dedicated community support helpline will be established in South Dublin County Council to assist at risk members of the public in accessing non-emergency and non-medical supports and advice during the current public health emergency.

The confidential phoneline service has been established by the new COVID-19 South Dublin Community Response Forum, which includes over a dozen agencies and organisations.

Mayor of South Dublin, Cllr Vicki Casserly said: "There are a number of agencies currently doing excellent work in delivering care to older and vulnerable people in our communities.

"These groups are currently operating independently of each other and South Dublin County Council’s role is to provide a targeted, integrated and coordinated approach to the delivery of these much-needed services to our more vulnerable citizens across the County during the COVID-19 pandemic."

The helpline, which can be contacted on 01-4149043, is focused primarily on ensuring that vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels.

Flight going to China to pick up PPE returns to Dublin Airport after striking a bird mid-air

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Aer Lingus is flying in personal protective equipment from China (PA)

Aer Lingus is flying in personal protective equipment from China (PA)

Aer Lingus is flying in personal protective equipment from China (PA)

Gabija Gataveckaite reports

Aer Lingus flight EI9018 returned to Dublin Airport shortly after take off this morning issued a Pan-pan warning after take off.

The Pan-pan warning means that a situation has arisen which is urgent but does not pose a threat to life or the plane itself.

The plane returned to Dublin Airport and will now be assessed by engineers.

In a statement to Independent.ie, Aer Lingus said: "EI9018 has returned to Dublin following a bird strike."

"Upon landing in Dublin it will be assessed by engineers and upon its clearance for travel a new departure time will be ascertained," it added.

It is not yet known when the plane will take off again.

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