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Monday 20 March 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Government

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# Vintners
Two-thirds of pubs still closed outside Dublin say they'll go out of business by January if current conditions persist
So-called wet pubs don’t expect to be permitted to re-open any time soon.
# Micheál Martin
'Into a storm': Failing on schools could shatter Martin's already troubled leadership
Government has spent the summer planning for the reopening of schools next Thursday.
# Liveline
'A thundering and lightning disgrace': The nation's anger after Oireachtas Golf Society event
RTÉ’s Liveline received calls from members of the public expressing anger and disappointment over the event.
# golf society
Micheál Martin removes party whip from three Fianna Fáil senators who attended golf event
The party whip has been removed from senators Paul Daly, Aidan Davitt and Niall Blaney.
# beirut explosion
The entire Lebanese government has resigned over last week's massive explosion
The cabinet has been under increasing pressure after several ministers quit or expressed their intention to step down in recent days.
# Off
Sturgeon ‘furious’ as players’ pub trip sees Aberdeen game postponed
The First Minister said Dons players ‘blatantly broke’ coronavirus protocols when they spent Saturday night in a bar.
# statement
FAI chief Roy Barrett responds to directors' claims on eve of special meeting
The statement has since earned a reply from Deputy Marc MacSharry. who stands by his criticisms of Barrett.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you agree with the latest measures taken by government to curb the spread of Covid-19?
The Taoiseach said yesterday he had “enormous sympathy” for the plight of publicans.
# green list
Ryanair launches High Court action against the Irish government over 'unconstitutional' travel measures
Ryanair is taking the action aimed at setting aside the so-called green list published by government.
# barry cowen
Barry Cowen ministerial sacking was 'particularly personally difficult', Micheál Martin says
Barry Cowen was sacked from his role as Minister for Agriculture by Martin last week.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think the new government is doing a good job so far?
Have your say.
# Fianna Fáil
Mayo councillors hail Dara Calleary appointment as 'positive' step after initial Cabinet snub
Yesterday the Taoiseach announced that Calleary would take over from Barry Cowen as agriculture minister.
# Covid-19
Social visits to be limited to 10 people from no more than four households at one time
Restrictions on indoor gatherings to 50 and outdoors to 200 will also remain until August 10.
# money to burn
Varadkar and Coveney criticised for seeking extra drivers and staff
Labour’s Alan Kelly questioned why the foreign affairs minister is getting a security package at a cost of €200,000.
# Rules
Government announces quarantine exemptions for major English sporting events
Manchester City are due to host Real Madrid in the Champions League in August.
# Podcast
How does a government handover work? The Explainer podcast asks an insider
Is it a seamless process or can there be bumps in the road? We ask former government press secretary Feargal Purcell as the new government gets settled in.
# war is over
From 'unthinkable' to inevitable: How FF and FG learned to stop worrying and enter coalition
It was “unthinkable” a few generations ago, but the two old enemies have now entered government.
# Government
'We can overcome the toughest challenges': Martin's speech to the Dáil after being elected Taoiseach
Martin said helping society and the economy to recover will be at the centre of everything the new government does.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you support the draft programme for government?
The draft programme for government was agreed by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party on Monday.
# Fast track
GAA set to advance their plans for return to play after Government announcement
A review of the GAA’s plans will take place over the weekend.
# Support
Government to provide €70 million Covid-19 funding package for Irish sport
The FAI, the GAA and the IRFU will collectively receive up to €40million.
# Opposition
McDonald accuses FG and FF of 'clinging to each other' to stay in power
It comes as Leo Varadkar, Micheal Martin and Eamon Ryan signed an agreement to form a coalition.
# government formation
Agreed timeline for rotating Taoiseach will see Martin take reins until end of 2022
Micheál Martin will be Taoiseach for the first two years of the next government, before Leo Varadkar takes the top job again.
# government formation
Leaders of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green Party agree on draft programme for government
The programme will now have to be voted on by the parties’ members.
# Open letter
Marcus Rashford pleads for Government rethink on free school meal vouchers
The Manchester United and England striker has written an emotional open letter to MPs calling for free meals to continue through the summer holidays.
# Coronavirus
Pandemic Unemployment Payment to be extended for months, but reduced for part-timers
The Taoiseach made the announcement at midday today.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you happy with how the government has been handling the Covid-19 crisis?
Ireland is due to move into Phase 2 of easing restrictions in the second week of June.
# Podcast
The Explainer: 100 days after the election, what's happening with government formation?
Yep, we still don’t have a government yet… we take a look at what’s going on.
# Coronavirus
'The less decisive the government is, the less sure we are': Irish in England react to change in restrictions
We spoke to men and women in the wake of the latest change in restrictions for the country.
# future plans
Premier League receives go-ahead for imminent return
The British Government’s road map for exiting the lockdown imposed to limit the spread of coronavirus was published on Monday afternoon.
# behind closed doors
World Rugby document says matches with large crowds unlikely before vaccine
Full-contact training will also present a major challenge for rugby teams.
# Opinion Poll
Support for Fine Gael increases to 35% while Fianna Fáil is down four points, latest poll shows
Support for Sinn Féin now stands at 27%.
# future plans
Projected July return date for soccer and GAA
18 May, meanwhile, is when things will start to get back to normal.
# Planning
IRFU exploring possibility of Ulster training in Dundalk if restrictions ease
The northern province could be set for a short-term move if the IRFU pursue the idea.
# dail questions
'Who is NPHET ultimately accountable to?': Taoiseach questioned on governance of decision-making
‘Elected office cannot be subservient even in this crisis,’ said Labour leader Alan Kelly.
Ireland will not forget its citizens abroad during this Covid-19 pandemic
Minister for the Diaspora Ciarán Cannon says Irish people living abroad must be helped feel part of a community.
# State Exams
Education minister to give clarity on Leaving and Junior Cert exams in coming days
The National Public Health Emergency Team is due to meet on Friday.
# Disgrace
Rooney says footballers have been made 'scapegoats' with 30% cut demands
Now with Derby in the Championship, the 34-year-old has criticised UK health secretary Matt Hancock.
# restriction
Taoiseach clarifies that 2km limit just for exercise, and confirms takeaways will stay open
“No need to do all shopping or stockpile this morning,” the Taoiseach said.
# travel advice
Irish people travelling abroad should return 'as soon as possible', Coveney advises
“We recommend that people who wish to do so make arrangements to return to Ireland as soon as possible,” Simon Coveney said.