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# Micheál Martin

Last week
17th September 2023 - 23rd September 2023
NCT will 'revisit' cashless decision if government mandates state bodies to accept cash
The COO of the RSA said if accepting cash becomes a requirement, the service will work to make sure it meets the obligation.
Donnelly yet to speak to Taoiseach about Temple Street surgery crisis
Donnelly said he would be happy to meet with the families impacted.
Micheál Martin hints he might write a book to put 'his perspective' of pandemic on the record
Former chief medical officer Tony Holohan’s memoir was published this week.
Ireland battles 'Ukraine fatigue' at UN and will confirm €23m in non-lethal funding for Kyiv
Micheál Martin is expected to announce additional funding for Ukraine this week.
Tánaiste to raise UK Troubles Legacy Bill with Irish American political leaders while in US
Martin said that he has sought legal advice on the situation regarding the bill.
As Dáil returns, all three Coalition leaders head to New York for UN High-Level Week
Leo Varadkar will also travel to Miami on Wednesday for the official opening of Consulate General of Ireland.
This month
September 2023
Rank and file defence group gives 'cautious' welcome for military medical care scheme
The measure was a key recommendation in the Commission on Defence Forces report which looked at modernisation of the Irish military.
Montrose site: Taoiseach says RTÉ relocating would carry costs
Some politicians have called for RTÉ to consider selling the site amid ongoing financial woes at the State broadcaster.
Mary Lou McDonald 'fully recovered' from surgery ahead of Sinn Féin think-in
The leader of the opposition underwent surgery in June, announcing she would be recovering for a few weeks.
Fianna Fáil needs to ask itself an uncomfortable question: can it do business with Sinn Féin?
If Micheál Martin sticks around, the party needs to prepare for all eventualities from the general election.
Eoin Ó Broin blasts Tánaiste's comment about young voters as 'ill-judged, patronising and insulting'
The Tánaiste today refused to retract comments he made yesterday about Sinn Féin “infecting” young voters.
Tánaiste says meeting with farmer representatives at Fianna Fáil think-in has been ‘constructive’
Large crowds of farmers turned up to protest at the Fianna Fáil think-in in Tipperary today.
'It's not a slam dunk': Martin says SF winning big in next election not a sure thing
SF triumphalising ‘horrible deeds’ is ‘infecting a new generation.
Cuts to USC under consideration as part of Budget, confirms Tánaiste
Budget talks are set to intensify next week.
'It matters to me personally': Micheál Martin sought to make hope and history rhyme in Israel
The Tánaiste paid a three-day trip to the Middle East this week.
Micheál Martin says it's not time to abandon 'two-state solution' to Israel-Palestine conflict
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs visited the region this week.
Micheál Martin: Calling Israel an apartheid state 'doesn't add a whole lot' to peace process
The Tánaiste visited the occupied West Bank today.
Tánaiste confident use of tented accommodation for refugees will be short-term
Micheál Martin acknowledged the use of tents to house refugees is ‘not ideal’.
Tánaiste holds 'frank' talks with Benjamin Netanyahu over Israeli settlements in West Bank
Micheál Martin is on a four-day trip to the Middle East.
Micheál Martin heads to Israel and Palestine to discuss politics and human rights in the region
The visit comes amid escalating violence between the two sides.
Tánaiste says extra TDs are 'an expense we can afford'
The Electoral Commission recommended the number of TDs should be increased from 160 to 174.
Last month
August 2023
Tánaiste Micheál Martin to attend informal meetings of EU Defence and Foreign Affairs ministers
The EU’s response to the latest developments in Ukraine and Niger are set to dominate the discussions in Spain.
Tánaiste declares Naval Service 'not acceptable' and calls for 'radical' recruitment drive
A report by
Niall O'Connor
The Journal revealed on Wednesday that the Irish Naval Service will have just two ships available to go to sea until the new year.
Ambassador says Ireland is 'safe' for Americans travelling to Ireland despite tourist attack
Senator Chris Murphy said 40,000 Americans would not be visiting Ireland íf they didn’t feel safe’.
Only seven women have been inducted into the Defence Forces this year
TD Violet-Anne Wynne said that ‘the revelations around Women of Honour have been a major obstacle’ to recruitment
Varadkar says there’s a ‘very good chance’ coalition will be re-elected
Varadkar said that running on a joint platform with his coalition partners has not been discussed.
July 2023
Rail review proposes new train routes and a move towards a rail spine along the Atlantic
Separately, ministers to sign-off on ten members of the Defence Forces to take part in a ‘live’ EU military exercise in Spain.
TD brands Curragh 'Ireland's most derelict town' over crumbling homes
Tánaiste Micheál Martin announced €55 million funding today for defence infrastructure – but this will not address Curragh dereliction.
FF Cllr. disputes claims from tenant and says €260-a-week room was ‘similar to a hotel'
A fellow DCC Fianna Fáil councillor said the media should focus on “more important things”.
Tánaiste begins week-long trip to South Africa and Mozambique
Tomorrow, Micheál Martin will mark Mandela Day, where he will be participating in 67 minutes of service at a community centre.
Government extends suspension of visa-free travel for people with refugee status
Justice Minister Helen McEntee said the decision was ‘carefully considered’ and is ‘necessary to protect the integrity of Ireland’s immigration system’.
Dáil breaks for summer hols but political temperature set to be 'a little higher' on its return
The Dáil recess kicked in on Thursday, with politicians not due back until mid-September.
Syria opens key aid corridor to rebel-held areas after Russia vetoed UN decision
Russia blocked a nine-month extension of the UN deal providing for aid deliveries via neighbouring Turkey on Tuesday.
Tánaiste concedes 'real difficulty' surrounding cost of National Children’s Hospital
Responding to a question in the Dáil, Micheál Martin said the last thing you should do with any public contract is “start putting costs out there”.
FF politicians call for security improvements at Leinster House
A number of members recounted incidences in which they were shouted at and felt harassed leaving and entering the Houses of the Oireachtas.
Government announces tribunal of inquiry into how Defence abuse allegations were handled
The Tribunal and oversight body announcement are key recommendations in the Independent Review Group report examining alleged abuse in the Irish military.
USC cuts, rent relief and housing for key workers: FF politicians put forward budget wish list
There were also calls to extend child benefit out to the age of 19.
June 2023
Taoiseach says Ireland will not be joining NATO as protests take place at Dublin Castle
Debates on Ireland’s neutrality have intensified in recent weeks.
Anti-war campaigner Margaretta D'Arcy claims forum is a 'stitch up' during on-stage protest
One of the protestors was long time peace campaigner Margaretta D’Arcy.
Government defends security forum as opposition label it 'rigged' and 'unashamedly one-sided'
Mick Barry said he believes the forum is “rigged” and opposition leaders have been “excluded”.