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# micheal-martin - Friday 5 February, 2021

Taoiseach says hotel quarantining for high-risk travellers to be introduced by mid-February
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Taoiseach says hotel quarantining for high-risk travellers to be introduced by mid-February

Feb 5th 2021, 7:52 AM 28,095 Views 82 Comments

Micheál Martin denied the introduction of the measure was taking too long when he spoke to RTÉ’s Prime Time last night.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 4 February, 2021

Should he stay or should he go? Micheál Martin and the trip to the White House
# Start Spreading The News
# Start Spreading The News

Should he stay or should he go? Micheál Martin and the trip to the White House

Feb 4th 2021, 8:16 PM 49,992 Views 144 Comments

The official line is that nothing has been decided yet.

# micheal-martin - Monday 1 February, 2021

Leaving Cert plans could be revealed as early as tomorrow as various options being explored
# Education
# Education

Leaving Cert plans could be revealed as early as tomorrow as various options being explored

Updated Feb 1st 2021, 1:55 PM 27,150 Views 58 Comments

Schools have remained closed since the Christmas break.

# micheal-martin - Sunday 31 January, 2021

Taoiseach still has faith in Commission despite Article 16 move but says 'mistakes were made'
# Vaccines
# Vaccines

Taoiseach still has faith in Commission despite Article 16 move but says 'mistakes were made'

Updated Jan 31st 2021, 2:03 PM 33,609 Views 88 Comments

Politicians across Ireland and the UK were left blindsided by the move by the EU over concerns about the supply of Covid vaccines.

'Adding insult to injury': Anger over mother and baby home recordings being destroyed
# Commission
# Commission

'Adding insult to injury': Anger over mother and baby home recordings being destroyed

Updated Jan 31st 2021, 1:58 PM 26,184 Views 38 Comments

Survivors say they were not informed their testimony would be destroyed.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 27 January, 2021

Taoiseach: Almost half of passengers who arrived at Dublin Airport yesterday had been on holiday
# Travel
# Travel

Taoiseach: Almost half of passengers who arrived at Dublin Airport yesterday had been on holiday

Jan 27th 2021, 9:40 PM 155,860 Views 151 Comments

Micheál Martin said 397 people arriving at the airport yesterday were returning from holiday.

'Prolonged suppression of the virus' is the government's goal, says Taoiseach
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

'Prolonged suppression of the virus' is the government's goal, says Taoiseach

Jan 27th 2021, 1:40 PM 16,434 Views 38 Comments

Speaking in Leaders’ Questions, he said “there will be no half-measures from me, as Taoiseach, or from Government”.

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 26 January, 2021

Taoiseach: 'Zero-Covid strategy is not possible or sustainable'
# Non-runner
# Non-runner

Taoiseach: 'Zero-Covid strategy is not possible or sustainable'

Jan 26th 2021, 7:57 PM 32,565 Views 92 Comments

NPHET does not recommend such a strategy, says Micheál Martin.

A lockdown extension and new travel rules - Here are the main points you need to know
# Covid19
# Covid19

A lockdown extension and new travel rules - Here are the main points you need to know

Jan 26th 2021, 7:30 PM 60,198 Views 64 Comments

Level 5 is with us until at least 5 March.

Travellers into Ireland to be subject to mandatory quarantine at home or in a hotel, government says
# Level 5
# Level 5

Travellers into Ireland to be subject to mandatory quarantine at home or in a hotel, government says

Updated Jan 26th 2021, 6:16 PM 58,848 Views 75 Comments

Micheál Martin announced the extended measures this afternoon.

# micheal-martin - Monday 25 January, 2021

Arlene Foster speaks to Micheál Martin about his 'wholly incorrect' comments on NI testing for UK variant
# Variant B117
# Variant B117

Arlene Foster speaks to Micheál Martin about his 'wholly incorrect' comments on NI testing for UK variant

Updated Jan 25th 2021, 2:39 PM 70,269 Views 46 Comments

The Taoiseach had stated over the weekend that “the north isn’t testing for the variant”.

# micheal-martin - Saturday 23 January, 2021

Taoiseach says there will be restrictions for six months, schools may not reopen until March
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Taoiseach says there will be restrictions for six months, schools may not reopen until March

Updated Jan 23rd 2021, 2:55 PM 220,765 Views 227 Comments

Micheál Martin said he is concerned about the UK strain of the virus, and vaccine delivery delays.

# micheal-martin - Friday 22 January, 2021

Taoiseach hints at school closures beyond 1 February and says 'focus' is on special needs education
# Level 5
# Level 5

Taoiseach hints at school closures beyond 1 February and says 'focus' is on special needs education

Jan 22nd 2021, 6:44 PM 41,100 Views 87 Comments

Micheál Martin says the issue will be discussed by the Cabinet sub-committee on Monday.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 21 January, 2021

Taoiseach says restrictions will likely continue 'well into' February and possibly beyond
# Level 5
# Level 5

Taoiseach says restrictions will likely continue 'well into' February and possibly beyond

Jan 21st 2021, 9:43 AM 89,426 Views 226 Comments
  • Micheál Martin said Covid-19 transmission rates are too high to ease restrictions
  • Schools and construction are "essential" and will be examined separately to other sectors
  • Yesterday 61 more deaths and 2,488 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Ireland

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 20 January, 2021

St Patrick's Festival Dublin parade officially cancelled for second year as organisers move online
# St Patrick's Day
# St Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Festival Dublin parade officially cancelled for second year as organisers move online

Jan 20th 2021, 12:30 PM 8,388 Views 23 Comments

Micheál Martin said previously that there won’t be enough people vaccinated to allow the festivities to go ahead.

# micheal-martin - Saturday 16 January, 2021

Taoiseach: 'In hindsight, would we have done what we did a month ago? Obviously not'
# Micheál Martin
# Micheál Martin

Taoiseach: 'In hindsight, would we have done what we did a month ago? Obviously not'

Jan 16th 2021, 8:31 AM 57,732 Views 117 Comments

“Nobody predicted, in any model, the level of community transmission that we’re currently experiencing,” he told Virgin Media News.

# micheal-martin - Friday 15 January, 2021

Taoiseach says 'virus will dictate' if he can make St Patrick's day trip to White House
# Shamrock Bowl
# Shamrock Bowl

Taoiseach says 'virus will dictate' if he can make St Patrick's day trip to White House

Updated Jan 15th 2021, 3:02 PM 18,068 Views 57 Comments

Micheál Martin says it’s ‘early days’ but that Covid-19 is causing problems for bilateral meetings.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 13 January, 2021

'The shame was not theirs – it was ours': Full text of Taoiseach's apology to mother and baby home survivors
# Church And State
# Church And State

'The shame was not theirs – it was ours': Full text of Taoiseach's apology to mother and baby home survivors

Jan 13th 2021, 2:10 PM 12,884 Views 56 Comments

It comes following a five-year investigation by the Mother and Baby Homes Commission.

'I apologise for the profound generational wrong': Taoiseach gives landmark apology to survivors of mother and baby homes
# State Apology
# State Apology

'I apologise for the profound generational wrong': Taoiseach gives landmark apology to survivors of mother and baby homes

Jan 13th 2021, 1:39 PM 27,442 Views 70 Comments
  • The full report from the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation was released yesterday.
  • The Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Children's Minister issued statements.
  • "The State failed you, the mothers and children in these homes," Micheál Martin said.

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 12 January, 2021

Government to investigate leaking of details of Mother and Baby Homes report

Government to investigate leaking of details of Mother and Baby Homes report

Jan 12th 2021, 7:12 PM 13,176 Views 38 Comments

The State’s most senior civil servant is to head up an inquiry into the leaking of Government information.

Taoiseach says church should apologise as religious orders respond to 'shameful chapter'
# Mother And Baby Homes Report
# Mother And Baby Homes Report

Taoiseach says church should apologise as religious orders respond to 'shameful chapter'

Updated Jan 12th 2021, 6:44 PM 34,137 Views 112 Comments

Micheál Martin also said religious orders ‘imposed a perverse moral code’ on society.

Mother and baby homes: Cases of underage pregnant girls were not referred to Gardaí

Mother and baby homes: Cases of underage pregnant girls were not referred to Gardaí

Jan 12th 2021, 6:33 PM 25,819 Views 16 Comments

The Regina Coeli hostel noted in 1933 in relation to one woman who fell pregnant: “A TD is responsible for her trouble”.

'I expect far more empathy from our leaders': Mother and Baby home survivors' letters to Taoiseach
# Mother-and-baby Homes
# Mother-and-baby Homes

'I expect far more empathy from our leaders': Mother and Baby home survivors' letters to Taoiseach

Jan 12th 2021, 7:00 AM 9,071 Views 17 Comments

The letters were sent following the news about a Bill allowing the transfer of 60,000 records to Tusla.

# micheal-martin - Monday 11 January, 2021

Varadkar supports investigation into 'disrespectful' leak of mother and baby home information
# Burials
# Burials

Varadkar supports investigation into 'disrespectful' leak of mother and baby home information

Jan 11th 2021, 10:19 AM 27,481 Views 62 Comments

“I think it was very disrespectful the fact that elements of it were leaked and appeared in a Sunday paper,” the Tánaiste said.

# micheal-martin - Sunday 10 January, 2021

O'Gorman to seek investigation into leaking of Mother and Baby Home report
# Minister For Children
# Minister For Children

O'Gorman to seek investigation into leaking of Mother and Baby Home report

Updated Jan 10th 2021, 5:02 PM 67,843 Views 80 Comments
  • Survivors said they were hurt and angry, but "not surprised" by the leak to a newspaper
  • Opposition TDs have decried "shocking" "insensitive" media leak
  • The Minister for Children is seeking an investigation into how details became public

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 6 January, 2021

'Forget about takeaway pints': Taoiseach hits out at selling drink on streets – but no ban
# Take Away Takeaway
# Take Away Takeaway

'Forget about takeaway pints': Taoiseach hits out at selling drink on streets – but no ban

Jan 6th 2021, 6:03 PM 80,221 Views 74 Comments

Licensing laws do not prohibit takeaway alcohol being sold.

Level 5: Details of new restrictions confirmed for schools, creches, construction, travel and retail
# Lockdown 3
# Lockdown 3

Level 5: Details of new restrictions confirmed for schools, creches, construction, travel and retail

Updated Jan 6th 2021, 5:04 PM 184,283 Views 186 Comments
  • Schools closed until 1 February.
  • Non-essential construction will cease for the rest of January.
  • Click-and-collect from non-essential retail no longer allowed.
  • From midnight Friday, passengers from the UK to have proof of recent negative PCR test.

# micheal-martin - Sunday 3 January, 2021

Poll: Should Micheál Martin lead Fianna Fáil into the next general election?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should Micheál Martin lead Fianna Fáil into the next general election?

Jan 3rd 2021, 10:00 AM 71,324 Views 149 Comments

Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen says Martin should step down as party leader.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 31 December, 2020

Taoiseach says government will consider extra bank holiday for 2021
# Holidays
# Holidays

Taoiseach says government will consider extra bank holiday for 2021

Dec 31st 2020, 7:00 AM 45,628 Views 65 Comments

There have been calls for another bank holiday in a bid to boost tourism next year.

# micheal-martin - Monday 28 December, 2020

Referendum may be needed to allow maternity leave for politicians, Taoiseach says
# Maternity Leave
# Maternity Leave

Referendum may be needed to allow maternity leave for politicians, Taoiseach says

Dec 28th 2020, 9:21 AM 28,694 Views 84 Comments

Many legal experts, however, believe that more practical solutions can be found.

# micheal-martin - Sunday 27 December, 2020

Taoiseach wants to examine the prospect of a living wage within lifetime of the government
# Living Wage
# Living Wage

Taoiseach wants to examine the prospect of a living wage within lifetime of the government

Dec 27th 2020, 3:36 PM 35,685 Views 58 Comments

The Taoiseach promised that a living wage would become “a theme of the government”.

# micheal-martin - Saturday 26 December, 2020

Taoiseach hopes for 'a degree of normality' by summer 2021
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Taoiseach hopes for 'a degree of normality' by summer 2021

Dec 26th 2020, 7:00 AM 57,307 Views 32 Comments

Micheál Martin said the vaccine roll-out offers hope but that nothing is certain.

# micheal-martin - Friday 25 December, 2020

Taoiseach still hopes to get to the White House for St Patrick's Day 2021
# White House Visit
# White House Visit

Taoiseach still hopes to get to the White House for St Patrick's Day 2021

Dec 25th 2020, 8:00 AM 16,708 Views 38 Comments

When the Taoiseach invited Joe Biden to Ireland, he replied: ‘Just try and keep me out’.”

# micheal-martin - Thursday 24 December, 2020

'A good compromise': Irish political leaders welcome Brexit trade deal breakthrough
# The Art Of The Deal
# The Art Of The Deal

'A good compromise': Irish political leaders welcome Brexit trade deal breakthrough

Dec 24th 2020, 3:58 PM 21,457 Views 29 Comments

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald warns ‘this is not the end of the road’.

College fees will not rise under current Government, says Taoiseach
# Students
# Students

College fees will not rise under current Government, says Taoiseach

Dec 24th 2020, 9:19 AM 15,260 Views 30 Comments

Students currently pay €3,000 annually to attend college, a rate that is among the highest in Europe.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 23 December, 2020

Taoiseach says he will not jump the queue for Covid-19 vaccine
# Vaccination
# Vaccination

Taoiseach says he will not jump the queue for Covid-19 vaccine

Dec 23rd 2020, 11:39 AM 27,760 Views 76 Comments

Martin said he would have no issue with being vaccinated in public.

Taoiseach: 'Over 2,000 cases per day would significantly challenge the contact tracing system'
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Taoiseach: 'Over 2,000 cases per day would significantly challenge the contact tracing system'

Dec 23rd 2020, 12:05 AM 37,734 Views 53 Comments

The Taoiseach said there are 700 contact tracers employed.

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 22 December, 2020

'Level 5 with modifications': Here's when the new restrictions kick in over the Christmas and New Year period
# Covid Measures
# Covid Measures

'Level 5 with modifications': Here's when the new restrictions kick in over the Christmas and New Year period

Dec 22nd 2020, 3:09 PM 225,366 Views 136 Comments

Ireland will return to Level 5 restrictions – with some adjustments.

Restaurants and pubs to close on Christmas Eve and household visit ban from Jan 1st, Taoiseach confirms
# New Restrictions
# New Restrictions

Restaurants and pubs to close on Christmas Eve and household visit ban from Jan 1st, Taoiseach confirms

Dec 22nd 2020, 1:13 PM 107,881 Views 193 Comments

New household and travel restrictions will kick in before the New Year.

Cabinet to meet today to discuss further Christmas restrictions as NPHET announces Covid 'third wave'
# Cabinet
# Cabinet

Cabinet to meet today to discuss further Christmas restrictions as NPHET announces Covid 'third wave'

Dec 22nd 2020, 6:30 AM 26,839 Views 56 Comments

The Covid-19 sub-committee met yesterday evening to discuss growing concerns.