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# Catherine Martin

Last week
19th March 2023 - 25th March 2023
# Decade of Centenaries
Government publishes programme of events for final year of Decade of Centenaries
The Department of the Taoiseach is developing a programme for a formal ceremony remembering everyone who lost their lives in the Civil War.
# airbnb
Plan to bring 12,000 short-term lets back into rental market delayed by EU Commission decision
The legislation required cannot be enacted until the end of the year.
Last month
March 2023
# Oscars
President hails ‘remarkable year’ for Irish film as An Irish Goodbye and Richard Baneham triumph
President Higgins said success at this year’s Oscars is ‘testament to the hard work of so many people over recent decades’.
This year
# tax treatment
NBC top execs warned Martin and Varadkar that Ireland could miss out on big movie productions
Movie executives urged Martin and Varadkar to review movie-making tax treatment, as culture minister makes case for €100m tax cap.
# on the agenda
Grooming children into a life of crime to carry penalty of five years in prison under new law
Minister for Justice Simon Harris will today seek Cabinet approval for the new Bill.
Last year
# short-term lets
Cabinet approves new short-term let register aimed at bringing 12,000 properties back into use
Property owners face fines of €300 if they advertise their property without a valid registration number.
# archives
Records of compensation claims during War of Independence and Civil War to be released
Minister Catherine Martin said the collection ‘brings home the true reality of the human cost of those turbulent times’.
# coalition woes
The Green Party convention takes place in Athlone - and it has a decision to make on housing
Housing will be the main issue of the next election – the Green Party should know this.
# 100 years on
€5 million allocated to digitise and publish 1926 Census data by 2026
The 1926 Census was the first census undertaken following the foundation of the state.
# euro 2028
Cabinet approve Ireland's bid to co-host Euro 2028
A final bid will take place in spring, Minister Michael McGrath said.
# night-time economy
Over 400 pubs, cafes and cultural venues to receive State funding to support night-time events
€4m in funding is being awarded to some well-known venues as well as organisations in rural Ireland.
# Cula4
TG4 to launch new Irish language children's TV channel
Niamh Ní Chróinín will be the presenter of Cúla4.
# Online Safety
Complaints system for social media content to be set up by 2024
Tech companies would be ‘bound’ to sign up to the online safety codes once they are drafted.
# Foreign Affairs
Breakfasts, photos & cancelled hotels: how Government spent almost €500k on travel in two years
The highest spender was the Department of Foreign Affairs, spending €166,553 on foreign travel since the Government was formed.
# gigs
Pubs, nightclubs and cafes to be given up to €10,000 to host entertainment at 'off-peak' times
The Night-Time Economy Support Scheme (NTESS) has been established to support off-peak entertainment.
# Bai
€10.5 million allocated to BAI for climate action, live music and Irish language broadcasting
The funding was announced by Culture Minister Catherine Martin today.
# Euro 2028 bid
Joint bid to host Euro 2028 by Ireland and UK backed by Government
Minister Catherine Martin and Minister Jack Chambers sought approval from Cabinet this morning to send a letter of support.
# Online Safety
Expert panel to examine an individual complaints system for harmful online content established
It follows the publication of the new Online Safety and Media Regulation bill earlier this month.
# Orchestral manoeuvres
National Symphony Orchestra set to transfer from RTÉ to the National Concert Hall
The three RTÉ choirs, the Philharmonic Choir, Cór Linn and Cór na nÓg, will also transfer to the National Concert Hall from 24 January.
# Micheál Martin
Ireland has much to learn from history of division, Taoiseach says
Micheál Martin was speaking at an academic conference marking 100 years since the handing over of Dublin Castle by the British.
# 100 years on
Commemoration to mark the 100th anniversary of Dublin Castle handover taking place today
On 16 January 1922 at 1.45pm, the Viceroy of Ireland formally handed over power.
# Online Safety
Minister says Online Safety Bill has 'real teeth' but campaigners highlight lack of complaints procedure
An Online Safety Commissioner is set to be recruited to enforce the new regulations.
# Cabinet
Cabinet expected to sign off on scrapping of isolation for close contacts with no symptoms
Minister Catherine Martin will also bring a memo seeking to publish the Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill.
All time
# Game Change
Rugby players use government meeting to press for 'genuine cultural change' in IRFU
Four player representatives welcome ‘very positive and constructive’ meeting with government ministers.
# Ministers
Irish government seeks meeting with IRFU after letter from women's players
Ministers Martin and Chambers are considering the letter with “the upmost seriousness.”
# Catherine Martin
Minister announces €50 million boost for live entertainment with extra €3 million for pantos
Leo Varadkar said a decision will be made today or tomorrow on a support scheme for businesses affected by new restrictions.
# covid latest
Government confirms details of reopened PUP scheme as ministers meet hospitality representatives
The top PUP rate of €350 is available to those earning €400 or more per week.
The top PUP rate of €350 is available to those earning €400 or more per week.
Hospitality and events representatives are meeting with the Tánaiste and the Culture Minister.
The number of Covid-19 cases in Ireland jumped by 10% in the last two weeks of November.
# Climate Change
Climate action benefits are not just environmental, says Ryan
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan spoke at the party’s national convention this evening.
# Media ownership
Sinn Féin seeks to outlaw the 'blacklisting' of journalists by media organisations
The proposal follows on from the ban of Irish Times staff appearing on Newstalk in 2017.
# winter holidays
Voucher scheme for off-peak tourism season part of the Budget negotiations, says minister
The Stay and Spend scheme was under utilised due to the continuous Covid-19 restrictions, said Minister Catherine Martin.
# nightlife
New plan could lead to ‘rebirth’ of Irish nightlife, says minister
Minister Catherine Martin said the plan was about ‘taking back our nights’.
# Fáilte Ireland
These 38 locations are being given funding to develop permanent outdoor dining structures
Fáilte Ireland’s Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme opened for applications in March 2021.
# in the club
Trial nightclub event expected to have crowd capacity of 60%
Attendees will be expected to produce a negative anitgen test before the event.
# easing restrictions
Taoiseach and Tánaiste to meet live event reps next week as pressure mounts to reopen entertainment sector
Government has said it will follow through with its commitments to provide a comprehensive plan for the sector.
# Coronavirus
Donnelly says all restrictions should be gone by Christmas, Holohan says he hopes 'much sooner'
Cabinet will meet next week to sign off on a reopening plan.
# easing restrictions
Minister wants indoor arts and dance classes back in September in line with schools reopening
The Taoiseach, Tánasite and the chief medical officer have been invited to attend a meeting with live entertainment reps.
# Coronavirus
People who have had Covid-19 will be able to contact a call centre to get a recovery certificate
There was some confusion between ministers earlier today over what role GPs would play.
# house of the dead
Anjelica Huston writes to Minister for Arts to save James Joyce's 'House of the Dead'
The house was the setting for James Joyce’s short story ‘The Dead’ and is set to be turned into a 54-bed tourist hostel.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you attend a test live event in June?
Concerts, comedy and theatre might start a phased return next month.
# Tourism
Tourism in rural Ireland set to thrive this summer, but cities will suffer, Fáilte Ireland says
Fáilte Ireland say rural destinations are offering the outdoor attractions people are seeking in light of the pandemic.