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#Micheál Martin

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 5 January, 2022

Supermarkets and hauliers struggling with 'higher than normal' rates of staff shortages
# Close Contacts
# Close Contacts

Supermarkets and hauliers struggling with 'higher than normal' rates of staff shortages

Jan 5th 2022, 3:16 PM 16,903 Views 5 Comments

Amid industry pressure, the Taoiseach said NPHET will keep the isolation period for close contacts under review.

# micheal-martin - Sunday 2 January, 2022

Martin says Sinn Féin are in ‘destructive opposition mode’
# Sinn Féin
# Sinn Féin

Martin says Sinn Féin are in ‘destructive opposition mode’

Jan 2nd 2022, 8:10 AM 47,548 Views 174 Comments

Micheál Martin said he found it extraordinary that the party had been ‘silent’ on the Russian build-up of troops on the Ukrainian border.

Leas Ceann Comhairle concerned about govt 'lack of accountability' on Covid heading into 2022
# Interview
# Interview

Leas Ceann Comhairle concerned about govt 'lack of accountability' on Covid heading into 2022

Jan 2nd 2022, 7:00 AM 35,550 Views 25 Comments

Connolly says she is concerned about democracy and the lack of oversight of ‘draconian’ laws being rolled over into next year.

# micheal-martin - Saturday 1 January, 2022

Taoiseach ‘focused on getting work done’ rather than future role in government
# Taoiseach
# Taoiseach

Taoiseach ‘focused on getting work done’ rather than future role in government

Jan 1st 2022, 7:11 AM 18,436 Views 59 Comments

Micheál Martin is set to hand the reins over to Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar in December 2022.

# micheal-martin - Friday 31 December, 2021

Taoiseach rules out reopening redress scheme for mother and baby home survivors
# Commission
# Commission

Taoiseach rules out reopening redress scheme for mother and baby home survivors

Dec 31st 2021, 10:01 AM 16,110 Views 35 Comments

A High Court ruling that found the Commission of Investigation acted unlawfully by denying fair procedure to survivors prompted calls for a review.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 29 December, 2021

Martin says mood in Fianna Fáil has ‘settled down’, following months of unease among some
# Fianna Fáil
# Fianna Fáil

Martin says mood in Fianna Fáil has ‘settled down’, following months of unease among some

Dec 29th 2021, 7:27 AM 12,553 Views 39 Comments

There had been reports of unease among some backbenchers about his leadership of Fianna Fáil.

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 28 December, 2021

Ibec boss warned Taoiseach that climate budget could cost economy €7.8bn a year
# Climate Change
# Climate Change

Ibec boss warned Taoiseach that climate budget could cost economy €7.8bn a year

Dec 28th 2021, 1:35 PM 15,269 Views 17 Comments

A move to include emissions from land usage in the budgets would ‘totally undermine the viability’ of the agri-food industry, CEO Danny McCoy wrote.

Reliance on institutional investors in social housing overstated, Taoiseach says
# Housing
# Housing

Reliance on institutional investors in social housing overstated, Taoiseach says

Dec 28th 2021, 8:15 AM 12,442 Views 21 Comments

Micheál Martin insisted the state remained the key driver in providing homes.

# micheal-martin - Sunday 26 December, 2021

Michael Collins should be commemorated like a statesman, says Micheál Martin
# Anniversary
# Anniversary

Michael Collins should be commemorated like a statesman, says Micheál Martin

Dec 26th 2021, 10:20 AM 31,819 Views 69 Comments

The Taoiseach ruled out holding a state inquiry into who killed the republican leader when he was shot dead in Co Cork in 1922.

If Omicron is more infectious but less severe it could create a new horizon, says Taoiseach
# Pandemic
# Pandemic

If Omicron is more infectious but less severe it could create a new horizon, says Taoiseach

Dec 26th 2021, 6:00 AM 48,935 Views 27 Comments

Micheál Martin says he is hopeful for 2022.

# micheal-martin - Saturday 25 December, 2021

'It came at a cost': Taoiseach regrets shutting down construction for four months
# Biggest Regret
# Biggest Regret

'It came at a cost': Taoiseach regrets shutting down construction for four months

Dec 25th 2021, 12:10 AM 47,315 Views 62 Comments
  • The Taoiseach says they shut down construction as the government wanted to be 'ruthless' in dealing with the Alpha variant wave, reports Christina Finn.
  • Martin said it is his 'desire not to' ever close down construction again.
  • There will be a renewed effort on ramping up bed capacity in 2022, he says.

# micheal-martin - Friday 24 December, 2021

Coalition leaders’ personal relationship ‘very good’ – but no festive pints this year
# Three Leaders
# Three Leaders

Coalition leaders’ personal relationship ‘very good’ – but no festive pints this year

Dec 24th 2021, 7:05 AM 15,630 Views 28 Comments

The Taoiseach said the three leaders trust each other, so far.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 23 December, 2021

Taoiseach: 'I think we have to approach vaccination of children with sensitivity'
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Taoiseach: 'I think we have to approach vaccination of children with sensitivity'

Dec 23rd 2021, 6:00 AM 16,697 Views 50 Comments

Comprehensive information and guidance will be offered to parents, said Micheál Martin.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 22 December, 2021

No plans for more restrictions this week, but Martin can't rule out discussions after Christmas
# Omicron
# Omicron

No plans for more restrictions this week, but Martin can't rule out discussions after Christmas

Updated Dec 22nd 2021, 11:40 AM 51,327 Views 70 Comments
  • The Taoiseach's comments come as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson rules out any further restrictions for Christmas.
  • President Higgins has this morning signed into law a bill extending the Government's Covid-19 emergency powers into the new year.
  • Stormont ministers are due to meet today to discuss fresh restrictions for Northern Ireland.
  • Meanwhile, finance minister Paschal Donohoe said he has "the ability" to extend some business supports until April if needed.

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 21 December, 2021

'We can get through Omicron and overcome it' - Taoiseach
# Omicron
# Omicron

'We can get through Omicron and overcome it' - Taoiseach

Updated Dec 21st 2021, 5:20 PM 66,897 Views 147 Comments
  • All restaurants, bars, cinemas and theatres must close at 8pm until 30 January
  • There is speculation that further restrictions could be introduced in the coming weeks
  • The Taoiseach has said that data on Omicron will be the "key consideration" around restrictions

# micheal-martin - Saturday 18 December, 2021

Here's What Happened Today: Saturday
# The Fix
# The Fix

Here's What Happened Today: Saturday

Dec 18th 2021, 8:10 PM 24,323 Views 10 Comments

Your round-up of what made the headlines today.

Taoiseach: January will be 'challenging', but 'behaviour does matter' in reducing Covid threat
# Omicron
# Omicron

Taoiseach: January will be 'challenging', but 'behaviour does matter' in reducing Covid threat

Dec 18th 2021, 12:29 PM 30,602 Views 105 Comments

The Taoiseach told RTÉ’s Brendan O’Connor show that the Government was taking action “early”, before hospitalisations increase further.

# micheal-martin - Friday 17 December, 2021

Pubs and restaurants will have to close at 8pm under new Covid restrictions
# Omicron
# Omicron

Pubs and restaurants will have to close at 8pm under new Covid restrictions

Updated Dec 17th 2021, 7:00 PM 154,669 Views 313 Comments
  • Pubs and restaurants will have to close at 8pm from Monday until 30 January
  • The number of people attending sporting and live events will be capped at 50% capacity
  • A maximum of 100 people can attend wedding receptions, which must end at midnight
Indoor events to end at 8pm and reduced capacity for concerts, cinema and sporting events from Monday
# Indoor Events
# Indoor Events

Indoor events to end at 8pm and reduced capacity for concerts, cinema and sporting events from Monday

Dec 17th 2021, 6:22 PM 27,454 Views 29 Comments

Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced a number of new Covid restrictions this evening.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 15 December, 2021

People in their 40s to get booster appointment next week as 15 minute observation period scrapped
# Omicron Variant
# Omicron Variant

People in their 40s to get booster appointment next week as 15 minute observation period scrapped

Updated Dec 15th 2021, 8:44 PM 146,651 Views 140 Comments
  • Taoiseach Micheál Martin has ruled out closing schools early for the Christmas break.
  • GPs are to cut back on non-essential services to accelerate the booster jab rollout
  • Approximately 14% of Ireland's Covid-19 cases are now the Omicron variant.

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 14 December, 2021

Vaccinations for vulnerable children to start next week, Taoiseach says
# Vaccine Programme
# Vaccine Programme

Vaccinations for vulnerable children to start next week, Taoiseach says

Dec 14th 2021, 7:45 PM 13,065 Views 53 Comments

Micheál Martin said that vulnerable children will begin to receive vaccines from 20 December.

NPHET to brief coalition party leaders this evening
# Omicron
# Omicron

NPHET to brief coalition party leaders this evening

Updated Dec 14th 2021, 7:00 PM 32,902 Views 46 Comments

The meeting this evening takes place prior to NPHET’s meeting on Thursday.

# micheal-martin - Friday 10 December, 2021

Taoiseach ‘concerned but hopeful’ about Covid-19 situation
# Micheál Martin
# Micheál Martin

Taoiseach ‘concerned but hopeful’ about Covid-19 situation

Dec 10th 2021, 9:10 PM 27,225 Views 44 Comments

Micheál Martin said this afternoon that he hoped the HSE could deliver 1.5 million booster jabs before the end of the year.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 9 December, 2021

Taoiseach describes plans by New Zealand to effectively ban smoking as 'a very good idea'
# Smoking Ban
# Smoking Ban

Taoiseach describes plans by New Zealand to effectively ban smoking as 'a very good idea'

Dec 9th 2021, 5:55 PM 30,525 Views 89 Comments

New Zealand will progressively increase the age at which tobacco products can be bought, so today’s young teens will never be able to buy cigarettes legally.

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 7 December, 2021

Taoiseach says funding will be made available to schools that wish to purchase HEPA filters
# Freezing Classrooms
# Freezing Classrooms

Taoiseach says funding will be made available to schools that wish to purchase HEPA filters

Dec 7th 2021, 4:20 PM 13,576 Views 14 Comments

Mary Lou McDonald says children and teachers are left freezing in classrooms as windows must be left open.

# micheal-martin - Monday 6 December, 2021

Varadkar says 'a plethora of voices' caused 'mixed messages' on Covid
# Nphet
# Nphet

Varadkar says 'a plethora of voices' caused 'mixed messages' on Covid

Updated Dec 6th 2021, 11:10 PM 34,664 Views 32 Comments

It comes after Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he is ‘trying to check out’ reports that some members of NPHET withdrew from broadcasts

# micheal-martin - Friday 3 December, 2021

No more than four households to meet inside homes in coming weeks, public advised
# Household Visits
# Household Visits

No more than four households to meet inside homes in coming weeks, public advised

Dec 3rd 2021, 6:23 PM 31,650 Views 83 Comments

Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced a number of new Covid restrictions this evening.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 2 December, 2021

National risk report finds 'economic scarring' and 'multipolar world' among top concerns
# National Risk Assessment Report
# National Risk Assessment Report

National risk report finds 'economic scarring' and 'multipolar world' among top concerns

Dec 2nd 2021, 7:48 PM 10,018 Views 7 Comments

Some of the new risks identified in this year’s report were ‘economic scarring, digital exclusion, and the rise of a multi-polar world’.

# micheal-martin - Monday 22 November, 2021

Number of Covid-19 cases can be reduced without going into lockdown, Taoiseach says
# Restrictions
# Restrictions

Number of Covid-19 cases can be reduced without going into lockdown, Taoiseach says

Nov 22nd 2021, 5:21 PM 60,558 Views 56 Comments

He said measures needed to combat the virus now were different to those required earlier in the pandemic.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 17 November, 2021

'If you want to call me a liar, call me a liar': Dáil row breaks out between Kelly and Martin
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

'If you want to call me a liar, call me a liar': Dáil row breaks out between Kelly and Martin

Nov 17th 2021, 2:40 PM 66,201 Views 118 Comments

Micheal Martin has denied that he said teachers would be exempt from Covid-19 isolation rules.

# micheal-martin - Sunday 14 November, 2021

Taoiseach Micheál Martin 'extremely concerned' at rise in cases of Covid-19
# Covid-19 Testing
# Covid-19 Testing

Taoiseach Micheál Martin 'extremely concerned' at rise in cases of Covid-19

Nov 14th 2021, 7:40 PM 77,580 Views 121 Comments

The Taoiseach indicated that antigen tests are set to be pushed for more regular use in the coming months as a result.

# micheal-martin - Monday 8 November, 2021

Michael Collins' diaries of daily life have been loaned to the State by his family
# Michael Collins
# Michael Collins

Michael Collins' diaries of daily life have been loaned to the State by his family

Nov 8th 2021, 8:20 PM 22,933 Views 15 Comments

The diaries cover Collins’ day-to-day life, spanning the Civil War and the foundation of the State

# micheal-martin - Thursday 4 November, 2021

Martin says there's 'no point speculating' on restrictions returning as he lauds vaccine rollout
# Micheál Martin
# Micheál Martin

Martin says there's 'no point speculating' on restrictions returning as he lauds vaccine rollout

Nov 4th 2021, 6:13 PM 17,076 Views 15 Comments

Martin said the boooster campaign is already showing positive results.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 3 November, 2021

Invoking Joe Biden's support, Micheál Martin says UK triggering Article 16 would be 'reckless'
# Brexit
# Brexit

Invoking Joe Biden's support, Micheál Martin says UK triggering Article 16 would be 'reckless'

Nov 3rd 2021, 6:34 PM 21,997 Views 12 Comments

Martin said he had spoken with US President Joe Biden at the COP26 summit.

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 2 November, 2021

'Every second of delay makes our task that bit bigger': Taoiseach delivers Irish COP26 address
# Climate Change
# Climate Change

'Every second of delay makes our task that bit bigger': Taoiseach delivers Irish COP26 address

Updated Nov 2nd 2021, 7:00 PM 16,961 Views 51 Comments
  • The Taoiseach said that the world is already seeing the "serious impacts" of climate change.
  • Micheál Martin delivered Ireland's national statement from the COP26 summit in Glasgow.
  • He added: "If we act decisively now, we will offer humanity the most valuable prize of all – a liveable planet."

# micheal-martin - Saturday 30 October, 2021

Antigen tests should be free to members of the public, says Mary Lou McDonald
# Rapid Testing
# Rapid Testing

Antigen tests should be free to members of the public, says Mary Lou McDonald

Oct 30th 2021, 11:20 AM 14,012 Views 46 Comments

The Journal reported this morning that the Irish Pharmacy Union and the HSE have entered preliminary talks about the distribution of antigen tests to the wider public.

HSE in talks with pharmacies about distributing antigen tests to the wider public
# Rapid Testing
# Rapid Testing

HSE in talks with pharmacies about distributing antigen tests to the wider public

Oct 30th 2021, 12:10 AM 19,348 Views 14 Comments

Ireland currently has over two million antigen tests in stock in the country.

# micheal-martin - Friday 29 October, 2021

Taoiseach: No return to widespread contact tracing in school settings
# Children And Covid
# Children And Covid

Taoiseach: No return to widespread contact tracing in school settings

Oct 29th 2021, 7:09 PM 15,334 Views 29 Comments

But Micheál Martin said that NPHET or the HSE may pilot antigen testing in some settings off the back of ECDC advice.

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 26 October, 2021

Covid Cabinet sub committee discuss compliance, antigen tests and boosters
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Covid Cabinet sub committee discuss compliance, antigen tests and boosters

Oct 26th 2021, 8:01 PM 17,747 Views 55 Comments

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says there are concerns about the level of infection among healthcare workers and patients in hospital.

# micheal-martin - Saturday 23 October, 2021

Taoiseach: Up to 150 people with Covid could be in ICU by the end of November
# Growing Concern
# Growing Concern

Taoiseach: Up to 150 people with Covid could be in ICU by the end of November

Oct 23rd 2021, 1:30 PM 35,460 Views 98 Comments

Micheál Martin also said he believed there could be an annual Covid vaccine in the future.