Morning top 5: Garda strike likely as GRA rejects offer; 100 jobs announced

The top stories this morning on Newstalk.com

The State is likely to face the first ever strike by Gardai on Frida following the rejection of revised pay proposals by the Garda Representative Association (GRA).

The body unanimously opposed a new offer put forward by the Department of Justice following several days of talks facilitated by officials of the Workplace Relations Commission.

The deal was believed to have included a plan for a €4,000 euro allowance to be restored to officers, as well as additional pay for time spent briefing colleagues before the start of a new shift.

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Food service company Aramark is to create 100 new jobs here with the opening of 10 new Freshii stores.

Two of the health food stores' locations have been announced, including one at Trinity College Dublin and one at Arnott's Department Stores.

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The Department of Education and the ASTI are to meet again today to discuss junior cycle reform.

It comes after the union staged its first day of industrial action last Thursday in relation to their dispute over pay and conditions.

Members are due to escalate the action by withdrawing from supervision and substitution duties when schools return from mid-term break next week.

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The Central Bank has reprimanded Ulster Bank Ireland and announced fines of over €3.3 million.

It's in respect of anti-money laundering and terrorist financing failures, under the Criminal Justice Act.

Ulster Bank Ireland admitted to the breaches, which occurred over a six year period.

The Central Bank says the matter is now closed.

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On World Vegan Day, a new report claims more than a quarter of 1 to 24 year olds will have nearly meat-free diets within 10 years.

By 2025, 28% of young adults will have adopted the eating habits by 2025.