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# taoiseach - Today’s News

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”.

# taoiseach - Sunday 13 September, 2020

Government will 'prioritise' schools staying open in new roadmap, Taoiseach says

Micheál Martin also said he anticipates endorsing guidance from the CMO about Dublin-specific measures.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 9 September, 2020

Taoiseach tells Johnson of the 'serious implications' if British government breaches Brexit deal

The pair spoke over the phone this evening.

'We got no heads up': Taoiseach speaks to Boris Johnson about the 'undermining' of Brexit negotiations

The Taoiseach says the UK government’s actions ‘does not build trust’.

# taoiseach - Thursday 3 September, 2020

Pub reopening guidelines will be issued 'shortly', says Taoiseach as he meets protesting publicans

‘We do want to open up other sectors of the economy, including pubs,’ said the Taoiseach.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 2 September, 2020

New Agriculture Minister, golfgate and pub closure laws: Busy agenda as Dáil returns early from summer holidays

The Dáil was recalled early this year to deal with Covid-19 and the reopening of the country.

# taoiseach - Tuesday 1 September, 2020

MEPs ask Taoiseach to allow Covid testing as replacement for quarantine on return to Ireland

Billy Kelleher, Seán Kelly, and Ciarán Cuffe have written to Taoiseach Micheál Martin to ask for MEPs to be treated as essential workers for travel purposes.

# taoiseach - Thursday 27 August, 2020

From a trickle to a torrent: How days of revelations made Phil Hogan's position untenable

The unending revelations from GolfGate took a toll on the trade commissioner.

# taoiseach - Tuesday 25 August, 2020

Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Eamon Ryan: 'It is clear' that Phil Hogan breached public health guidelines

Though the government statement says concerns remain about the EU Commissioner’s account, it said that ultimately the decision lies with the European Commission President.

Three party leaders meet ahead of Hogan decision

The coalition has been rocked by resignations and calls for those in the public eye to step aside.

# taoiseach - Monday 24 August, 2020

Taoiseach speaks to Belarusian opposition leader to voice support, amid third week of Minsk protests

The Taoiseach expressed Ireland’s solidarity with the people of Belarus in their pursuit of democracy and human rights.

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Taoiseach: 'In taking the decision we did on the crowds, we saved the championships and the leagues'

Micheál Martin has expressed his support for the GAA inter-county season to take place.

# taoiseach - Saturday 22 August, 2020

Golfgate: Taoiseach and Tánaiste ask Phil Hogan to ‘consider his position’ as EU Commissioner

They said in a statement tonight that Hogan needs “to give a full account and explanations of his actions”.

# taoiseach - Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Taoiseach says weekly testing to begin at meat plants and direct provision centres

Martin said serial testing at nursing homes will also continue to monitor the situation.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 29 July, 2020

Leo Varadkar intervened to ensure Simon Coveney kept State car

Labour leader Alan Kelly attacked the government over the issue in the Dáil today.

Planned 1% disability cut to be scrapped and day services to 'gradually resume' in August, confirms Taoiseach

Up to 100 people protested today against the Government’s failure to fully reopen day services for adults with disabilities.

# taoiseach - Tuesday 28 July, 2020

Micheál Martin to be paid more as Taoiseach than Varadkar was after 'pay cut'

Martin will be paid almost €1,500 more than Varadkar was in the last government, despite a 10% cut to the official level of pay.

# taoiseach - Monday 27 July, 2020

On the pandemic unemployment payment? The Taoiseach says you should be seeking work

If people can seek alternative work, they should seek it, says Micheál Martin.

Government ministers agree to take 10% pay cut, Taoiseach says

The cut was approved by members of the Cabinet earlier today.

# taoiseach - Friday 17 July, 2020

Taoiseach Micheál Martin 'doesn't see' a border poll being a possibility during his government

Martin said he would work towards getting North-South infrastructure projects “over the line”.

# taoiseach - Thursday 16 July, 2020

Taoiseach Micheál Martin still waiting on first phone call with Donald Trump

Micheál Martin has spoken to several world leaders and senior EU figures – but not Donald Trump.

# taoiseach - Tuesday 14 July, 2020

Taoiseach says house parties of 30 or 40 people are 'presenting a problem'

Cabinet will meet tomorrow to discuss moving to Phase 4.

'We’re just short of calling for lynchings at airports': TD calls for perspective in Covid-19 coverage

Meanwhile, Minister Simon Coveney said yesterday there were only 16 people on a flight from Dallas about which concerns had been raised.

# taoiseach - Monday 13 July, 2020

Parents of children born during pandemic to get additional three weeks leave

There have been calls for maternity leave to be extended for those who recently had children.

# taoiseach - Sunday 12 July, 2020

Taoiseach says it's too soon for British people to holiday in Ireland without quarantining for two weeks

“Suppression of the virus is key,” Micheál Martin told the Andrew Marr Show.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 8 July, 2020

Micheál Martin attempts to smooth over discontent within the party over ministerial snubs

Micheál Martin said he understood why some members were upset.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 1 July, 2020

Micheál Martin and Boris Johnson spoke by phone about Brexit, Covid-19 and climate change

The UK prime minister congratulated the new taoiseach.

# taoiseach - Saturday 27 June, 2020

As it happened: Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirms his Cabinet line-up in the Dáil

The nation went to the polls nearly five months ago. Today, we have a new government.

'We can overcome the toughest challenges': Martin's speech to the Dáil after being elected Taoiseach

Martin said helping society and the economy to recover will be at the centre of everything the new government does.

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Poll: How long do you think this Government will last?

Micheál Martin is expected to become Taoiseach today.

# taoiseach - Thursday 25 June, 2020

School meals for children to be provided over the summer, government confirms

There had been calls for the school meals programme to be extended over the summer.

FactCheck: Does Ireland have the highest Covid-19 infection rate for healthcare workers in the world?

The claim was made by INMO General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 24 June, 2020

Senators to begin High Court action to clarify if Seanad can legislate Law

Senators to begin High Court action to clarify if Seanad can legislate

Eleven seats in the Seanad are vacant as a new Taoiseach has not yet been elected.

# taoiseach - Tuesday 16 June, 2020

Senators go to High Court to seek declaration that Seanad can sit without Taoiseach's appointees

There have been concerns that legislation could not be passed without a full complement of senators in place.

# taoiseach - Monday 15 June, 2020

Agreed timeline for rotating Taoiseach will see Martin take reins until end of 2022

Micheál Martin will be Taoiseach for the first two years of the next government, before Leo Varadkar takes the top job again.

Government launches campaign to encourage use of face coverings

Health Minister Simon Harris said people will need to get into the habit of bringing a face covering out with them like they do with their phone or keys.

# taoiseach - Sunday 14 June, 2020

More than twice as many people want Varadkar to stay as Taoiseach than for Martin to take over

That’s according to a new opinion poll for the Sunday Times.

# taoiseach - Saturday 13 June, 2020

Citizenship campaigner Emma DeSouza interested in possible Seanad seat

DeSouza was involved in a legal battle with the UK Home Office until last month.

# taoiseach - Friday 12 June, 2020

Ireland's 'air bridges': Real risks virus could be re-imported from Britain, warns Taoiseach

15 June is too soon to open Ireland’s border, says Leo Varadkar.

# taoiseach - Saturday 2 May, 2020

From The42 GAA championship could happen this year behind closed doors, says Taoiseach Turas Fada

GAA championship could happen this year behind closed doors, says Taoiseach

‘It’d be a later calendar than we’re used to,’ Leo Varadkar says.

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