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# micheal-martin - Today’s News

Why is Ireland choosing a 'seesaw' approach to tackling Covid-19?

The Taoiseach said certain approaches, such as ‘Zero Covid’ or herd immunity, are not realistic for Ireland.

# micheal-martin - Yesterday’s News

Pubs and restaurants face Christmas uncertainty due to restrictions

Once the six-week lockdown is over, it is envisaged that the country will remain at Level 3 until the New Year.

Level 5: Taoiseach outlines R0 target and says 'reward is to get the shops open'

Michéal Martin says the aim is to “get the R number consistently below 1″.

# micheal-martin - Saturday 17 October, 2020

The Taoiseach says we 'weren't ready' for Level 5 two weeks ago, the question is are we now?

Michael Martin will meet Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan about that very question later today.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 15 October, 2020

EU leaders demand Britain budge on post-Brexit deal as UK 'disappointed' at summit conclusion

EU leaders met today in Brussels for a two-day summit.

# micheal-martin - Monday 12 October, 2020

Principle or pragmatism: Ambiguity surrounds the Shared Island Unit, months after launch

Patience is running out among some supporters of Irish unity, namely Sinn Féin.

# micheal-martin - Friday 9 October, 2020

Catholic archbishops ask Taoiseach to allow people attend mass

The four archbishops have requested a meeting with Micheál Martin.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 8 October, 2020

Taoiseach doesn't know what NPHET will recommend, but says roadmap allows for graduated level increases

Micheál Martin says NPHET were part of the team who drew up the roadmap which allows for county-wide measures also.

65 new contact tracers starting this week, but Taoiseach wants recruitment fast-tracked

Public service workers that were transferred to help with contact tracing will only return to their roles when the recruitment drive is complete.

European Council President Charles Michel to meet Taoiseach in Dublin

Michel’s visit today comes ahead of a European Council meeting next week.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 7 October, 2020

'We must not rob Peter to pay Paul': HSE to report back on late cancer diagnosis and outcomes

The Taoiseach said the lockdown did impact on the non-Covid illness.

People with disabilities have been ‘forgotten’ during pandemic, Dáil told

Day services have only reopened at 40% capacity.

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 6 October, 2020

Taoiseach denies 'bottling' extra bank holiday but next year seen as more likely option

The idea of Ireland having an extra bank holiday to boost the tourism sector has been mooted for several months.

Taoiseach defends ICU capacity and says talk of a 'rundown health service' is 'overstated'

Martin was answering questions in the Dáil today.

# micheal-martin - Monday 5 October, 2020

Coronavirus: Entire country to be placed under Level 3 restrictions from midnight on Tuesday

NPHET had recommended that the country enter Level 5 – the highest level of restrictions.

Indoor service banned at restaurants, bars and 'wet pubs' under Level 3 restrictions

‘Wet pubs’ in Dublin will still be banned from opening unlike their counterparts in other counties.

Coronavirus: Cabinet to discuss rejecting Level 5 recommendation after coalition leaders meet Holohan

NPHET has recommended that the entire country enter Level 5 – the highest level of Covid-19 restrictions.

# micheal-martin - Sunday 4 October, 2020

'Try again. Fail again. Fail better': The mantra of the FF-FG-Green government 100 days in

One thing is for sure, this government needs a win.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 1 October, 2020

Taoiseach says UK under ‘no illusions’ about opposition to Brexit Bill

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said Ireland supported the EU’s legal action against the UK Government.

Taoiseach to 'share assessment of Brexit' with European leaders today

Micheál Martin has said the government is preparing its latest Budget on the basis of a no-deal Brexit.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Taoiseach told Varadkar and Ryan about Leaving Cert error six days after it was discovered

Education Miniser Norma Foley said that about 7,200 Leaving Cert grades have been affected by the errors in the Leaving Cert calculated grades system.

German short-time work benefit model being considered by government ahead of Budget

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said specific sector supports are under consideration.

Two errors identified in Leaving Cert Calculated Grades system, about 6,000 students affected

Education Minister Norma Foley will make a comprehensive statement on the matter later today.

'Absolutely shocking': Taoiseach Micheál Martin criticises demolition of The O'Rahilly's home

The house in Ballsbridge, Dublin, was knocked down yesterday morning.

# micheal-martin - Monday 28 September, 2020

Micheál Martin 'not optimistic' about Brexit trade deal

It’s set to be a big week in Brussels, as the UK and the EU resume talks.

# micheal-martin - Saturday 26 September, 2020

Martin describes toll of Covid-19 on society ahead of address at UN General Assembly

This year’s General Assembly is taking place remotely.

# micheal-martin - Friday 25 September, 2020

Taoiseach warns local restrictions may be needed in four counties as cases rise

Martin said Nphet is “very concerned” about the rise in cases in urban areas.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 24 September, 2020

Taoiseach acknowledges 'damage and difficulties' to locals during visit to flats where rave took place

Micheál Martin met with community activists in Dublin today.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Taoiseach keen to make St Patrick's Day trip to the White House next year

In an interview with, Micheál Martin said the event is a “significant one for Ireland”.

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 22 September, 2020

It would be unfair to restore PUP for one cohort of workers and not others, says minister

Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys said the money will have to be paid back.

# micheal-martin - Monday 21 September, 2020

Oliver Bond residents were sent a letter noting 'a number of breaches' of Covid guidelines at flats complex

Footage from Saturday night shows around 100 people at the outdoor gathering.

# micheal-martin - Saturday 19 September, 2020

Martin says he's unfazed by Varadkar preempting government announcements

Martin said Cabinet intends to keep the Pandemic Unemployment Payment “under review”.

# micheal-martin - Friday 18 September, 2020

Taoiseach confirms Dublin to enter Level 3, including ban on indoor dining for three weeks

The decision comes following a recommendation from NPHET.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 17 September, 2020

'I want Micheál Martin to succeed as Taoiseach' says Jim O'Callaghan after bruising FF meeting

O’Callaghan said the Taoiseach is ‘doing a good job’.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 16 September, 2020

Taoiseach commits to examining hospital rules keeping partners of pregnant women out of maternity wards

Partners cannot attend scans and can only join pregnant women for the late stages of labour.

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 15 September, 2020

'We are very worried about Dublin': Taoiseach concerned as 218 new cases confirmed in the capital

His comments come as the Government published a colour-coded roadmap for the country.

Coronavirus: Three further deaths and 357 new cases - including 218 in Dublin

There have been 1,787 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland to date.

Government will 'broadly support' new EU approach to air travel as Green List set to be updated on Monday

The government provided details on the new arrangements for air travel at a press conference today.

We're at Level Two of the new Covid plan. Here's why we want to get to One (and avoid Five at all costs)

The government unveiled its new framework for living with Covid-19 over the next six to nine months today.

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