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#Micheál Martin

# micheal-martin - Friday 13 November, 2020

No consensus among party leaders after meeting on Seamus Woulfe controversy
# Supreme Court
# Supreme Court

No consensus among party leaders after meeting on Seamus Woulfe controversy

Updated Nov 13th 2020, 5:00 PM 48,415 Views 95 Comments

Politicians have been warned about publicly commenting on the controversy.

Taoiseach: Advice on travelling home from abroad for Christmas will be given at end of November
# Micheál Martin
# Micheál Martin

Taoiseach: Advice on travelling home from abroad for Christmas will be given at end of November

Nov 13th 2020, 1:26 PM 27,511 Views 83 Comments

The Fianna Fáil leader was speaking on the News at One this lunchtime.

'We must see this through': Taoiseach urges people to keep adhering to Level 5 restrictions
# Halfway Point
# Halfway Point

'We must see this through': Taoiseach urges people to keep adhering to Level 5 restrictions

Nov 13th 2020, 7:36 AM 21,018 Views 72 Comments

The Taoiseach issued a statement today marking the mid-way point of Level 5 restrictions currently in place.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 12 November, 2020

Taoiseach says no Brexit deal would be 'ruinous' for UK as Downing Street says 'time is in short supply'
# Brexit
# Brexit

Taoiseach says no Brexit deal would be 'ruinous' for UK as Downing Street says 'time is in short supply'

Updated Nov 12th 2020, 4:48 PM 21,716 Views 24 Comments

The EU wants a deal by mid-November ahead of the end of the transition period.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 11 November, 2020

High-level taskforce created to oversee Covid-19 vaccine roll out in Ireland
# Vaccine
# Vaccine

High-level taskforce created to oversee Covid-19 vaccine roll out in Ireland

Nov 11th 2020, 3:49 PM 28,781 Views 54 Comments

People who are most vulnerable to Covid-19 will be the immediate priority of government.

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 10 November, 2020

Taoiseach speaks to US President Elect Joe Biden and invites him 'to come back to Ireland'
# US Election
# US Election

Taoiseach speaks to US President Elect Joe Biden and invites him 'to come back to Ireland'

Nov 10th 2020, 6:03 PM 25,948 Views 64 Comments

Micheál Martin says he is keen to make the trip to the White House for St Patrick’s Day.

# micheal-martin - Sunday 8 November, 2020

Taoiseach lays wreath in Enniskillen Remembrance Day service
# Poppy Day
# Poppy Day

Taoiseach lays wreath in Enniskillen Remembrance Day service

Nov 8th 2020, 1:12 PM 24,557 Views 63 Comments

Taoiseach Micheál Martin joined Northern Irish First Minister Arlene Foster at the event.

# micheal-martin - Saturday 7 November, 2020

Irish leaders congratulate Joe Biden on presidential win
# ONTO A WINNER
# ONTO A WINNER

Irish leaders congratulate Joe Biden on presidential win

Nov 7th 2020, 5:50 PM 40,239 Views 44 Comments

Biden will be the 46th president of the US having secured the state of Pennsylvania.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 5 November, 2020

MacSharry says Taoiseach should not get 'overly defensive' about criticisms made towards him
# Fianna Fáil
# Fianna Fáil

MacSharry says Taoiseach should not get 'overly defensive' about criticisms made towards him

Nov 5th 2020, 1:23 PM 17,725 Views 27 Comments

MacSharry says FF has lost sight of its principes.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 4 November, 2020

Varadkar warns party members to be careful who they think their friends are, says Biden will be good for Ireland
# PP MEETINGS
# PP MEETINGS

Varadkar warns party members to be careful who they think their friends are, says Biden will be good for Ireland

Nov 4th 2020, 6:33 PM 47,171 Views 65 Comments

The Tánaiste said tonight the controversy was ‘a mess of my making’.

US has always managed its elections in a 'peaceful and democratic way', says Taoiseach
# US Election
# US Election

US has always managed its elections in a 'peaceful and democratic way', says Taoiseach

Nov 4th 2020, 3:18 PM 11,749 Views 27 Comments

Whoever wins, the Taoiseach plans to meet them next St Patrick’s Day in Washington DC.

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 3 November, 2020

'You have been failed': Taoiseach apologises to terminally ill woman over missed cervical cancer diagnosis
# Patricia Carrick
# Patricia Carrick

'You have been failed': Taoiseach apologises to terminally ill woman over missed cervical cancer diagnosis

Nov 3rd 2020, 4:13 PM 23,509 Views 23 Comments

Martin said he hoped the apology offered today will bring the family some small solace.

Varadkar leak controversy: Tánaiste to face Dáil grilling from opposition parties this afternoon
# Under Pressure
# Under Pressure

Varadkar leak controversy: Tánaiste to face Dáil grilling from opposition parties this afternoon

Nov 3rd 2020, 12:05 AM 26,769 Views 170 Comments

The Fine Gael leader is facing growing pressure to explain his actions.

# micheal-martin - Monday 2 November, 2020

Taoiseach says he has confidence in Leo Varadkar, says no laws were broken
# Not Best Practice
# Not Best Practice

Taoiseach says he has confidence in Leo Varadkar, says no laws were broken

Updated Nov 2nd 2020, 1:44 PM 31,295 Views 0 Comments

The Taoiseach said it was not best practice and was inappropriate to share a document of this kind in that way with the NAGP.

Pfizer 'cautiously optimistic' about getting vaccine approval by the end of November
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Pfizer 'cautiously optimistic' about getting vaccine approval by the end of November

Nov 2nd 2020, 1:14 PM 48,082 Views 70 Comments

Any circulation of the vaccine in 2020 “will be very, very minimal”, says Dr Paul Duffy, Vice President of Pfizer Global Supply.

# micheal-martin - Sunday 1 November, 2020

Confrontation with NPHET foreseen as government presses ahead with EU travel plan
# Traffic Light Travel Plan
# Traffic Light Travel Plan

Confrontation with NPHET foreseen as government presses ahead with EU travel plan

Nov 1st 2020, 6:30 AM 46,816 Views 38 Comments

Government sources have said Ireland has already agreed to be part of the new EU programme that will open up travel.

# micheal-martin - Saturday 31 October, 2020

Varadkar under pressure to take questions in Dáil about sharing of draft GP contract
# Tánaiste
# Tánaiste

Varadkar under pressure to take questions in Dáil about sharing of draft GP contract

Oct 31st 2020, 7:54 PM 36,878 Views 0 Comments

The Green Party is calling on the Tánaiste to take questions in the Dáil.

# micheal-martin - Friday 30 October, 2020

Taoiseach not anticipating 'obstacles or barriers' to publishing Mother and Baby Home report
# Commission Of Investigation
# Commission Of Investigation

Taoiseach not anticipating 'obstacles or barriers' to publishing Mother and Baby Home report

Oct 30th 2020, 5:02 PM 14,555 Views 11 Comments

The Taoiseach met with survivor and advocacy groups this morning.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 29 October, 2020

Taoiseach says it is 'far too early to say what type of Christmas we will be having'
# Travel
# Travel

Taoiseach says it is 'far too early to say what type of Christmas we will be having'

Oct 29th 2020, 4:58 PM 37,338 Views 60 Comments

Government aims to have travel traffic light system up and running by 8 November.

Taoiseach says he's determined to have Mother and Baby Homes report published 'as quickly as possible'
# COMMISSION REPORT
# COMMISSION REPORT

Taoiseach says he's determined to have Mother and Baby Homes report published 'as quickly as possible'

Oct 29th 2020, 3:17 PM 17,316 Views 33 Comments

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman is due to receive the report tomorrow.

Taoiseach 'doesn't detect' that teachers want to 'go down the route' of industrial action
# ASTI
# ASTI

Taoiseach 'doesn't detect' that teachers want to 'go down the route' of industrial action

Oct 29th 2020, 2:32 PM 15,530 Views 43 Comments

The ASTI voted to authorise strike action if a number of issues are not addressed.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 22 October, 2020

Taoiseach promises to scope out viability of high-speed cross border rail links
# Shared Island Initiative
# Shared Island Initiative

Taoiseach promises to scope out viability of high-speed cross border rail links

Oct 22nd 2020, 4:25 PM 14,451 Views 25 Comments

Martin said a border poll is not on the agenda for his Government in the next five years.

Taoiseach says people traveling beyond 5km limit with a reasonable excuse should have no fear about facing fines
# Level 5
# Level 5

Taoiseach says people traveling beyond 5km limit with a reasonable excuse should have no fear about facing fines

Oct 22nd 2020, 3:53 PM 78,620 Views 62 Comments

There are about 25 reasons listed that allow people to travel beyond their 5km limit.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 21 October, 2020

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

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

Oct 21st 2020, 12:05 AM 45,854 Views 92 Comments

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

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 20 October, 2020

Pubs and restaurants face Christmas uncertainty due to restrictions
# Christmas Drinks
# Christmas Drinks

Pubs and restaurants face Christmas uncertainty due to restrictions

Oct 20th 2020, 5:46 PM 32,455 Views 69 Comments

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'
# Return To Lockdown
# Return To Lockdown

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

Oct 20th 2020, 3:46 PM 33,607 Views 66 Comments

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

# micheal-martin - Monday 19 October, 2020

Explainer: Here are the new Covid-19 restrictions coming into effect
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Explainer: Here are the new Covid-19 restrictions coming into effect

Oct 19th 2020, 10:18 PM 110,384 Views 95 Comments

Cabinet signed off on the measures earlier today.

# 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?
# Decision Time
# Decision Time

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

Oct 17th 2020, 12:04 AM 113,172 Views 142 Comments

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
# Brussels
# Brussels

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

Updated Oct 15th 2020, 7:54 PM 26,720 Views 45 Comments

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
# United Ireland
# United Ireland

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

Oct 12th 2020, 12:05 AM 25,140 Views 36 Comments

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
# Level 3
# Level 3

Catholic archbishops ask Taoiseach to allow people attend mass

Oct 9th 2020, 7:34 AM 33,201 Views 108 Comments

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
# Covid Roadmap
# Covid Roadmap

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

Oct 8th 2020, 3:37 PM 30,965 Views 63 Comments

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
# Health Service
# Health Service

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

Oct 8th 2020, 8:15 AM 21,988 Views 27 Comments

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
# Micheál Martin
# Micheál Martin

European Council President Charles Michel to meet Taoiseach in Dublin

Oct 8th 2020, 6:45 AM 10,173 Views 2 Comments

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
# Health
# Health

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

Oct 7th 2020, 8:40 PM 16,239 Views 24 Comments

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

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

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

Oct 7th 2020, 2:52 PM 13,558 Views 35 Comments

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
# Holibops
# Holibops

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

Oct 6th 2020, 6:32 PM 47,891 Views 25 Comments

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'
# Surge Capacity
# Surge Capacity

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

Oct 6th 2020, 3:44 PM 14,742 Views 53 Comments

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
# New Measures
# New Measures

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

Updated Oct 5th 2020, 9:09 PM 182,493 Views 192 Comments

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
# Level Three
# Level Three

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

Updated Oct 5th 2020, 6:00 PM 68,712 Views 91 Comments

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