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Taoiseach awaits 'vaccine bounce' as two-thirds say his pandemic handling has been poor
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Taoiseach awaits 'vaccine bounce' as two-thirds say his pandemic handling has been poor

3 hours ago 8,643 Views 18 Comments

New polling by Red C on behalf of The Journal shows that just one in three think Martin has handled the pandemic well

# taoiseach - Thursday 8 April, 2021

Police blast rioters with water cannon as violence flares again in Northern Ireland
# West Belfast
# West Belfast

Police blast rioters with water cannon as violence flares again in Northern Ireland

Updated Thu 9:46 PM 51,719 Views 80 Comments

Stones and fireworks were thrown at police by gangs of youths in west Belfast this evening.

# taoiseach - Monday 5 April, 2021

Northern Ireland is more than green and orange now - as new communities enter the debate
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

Northern Ireland is more than green and orange now - as new communities enter the debate

Apr 5th 2021, 9:00 PM 41,145 Views 40 Comments

“Our young people are fierce and brave and they’re coming for us. And we should let them.”

# taoiseach - Wednesday 31 March, 2021

Portal to book vaccine appointment due to go live in April
# General Public
# General Public

Portal to book vaccine appointment due to go live in April

Mar 31st 2021, 2:32 PM 32,708 Views 43 Comments

The biggest factor in mortality and severe illness from Covid-19 is age, said the Taoiseach.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 24 March, 2021

'Keep supply chains open' Taoiseach says, in response to 29 million AstraZeneca vaccines in Italy plant
# Micheál Martin
# Micheál Martin

'Keep supply chains open' Taoiseach says, in response to 29 million AstraZeneca vaccines in Italy plant

Mar 24th 2021, 3:50 PM 31,693 Views 87 Comments

The EU has announced new vaccine export powers amid a contract row with AstraZeneca.

# taoiseach - Monday 22 March, 2021

Taoiseach says 'vaccine bonus' and people's 'mental well-being' will influence decision on restrictions
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Taoiseach says 'vaccine bonus' and people's 'mental well-being' will influence decision on restrictions

Mar 22nd 2021, 2:40 PM 161,651 Views 100 Comments

An announcement on restrictions is expected early next week.

# taoiseach - Thursday 18 March, 2021

HSE will 'immediately endeavour' to begin using AstraZeneca jab again if EMA gives all clear
# Decision Day
# Decision Day

HSE will 'immediately endeavour' to begin using AstraZeneca jab again if EMA gives all clear

Updated Mar 18th 2021, 10:24 AM 28,621 Views 50 Comments

The agency is holding an extraordinary meeting to finalise its conclusions on the blood clot issue. A number of countries across Europe, including Ireland, paused use of the vaccine in recent days.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 17 March, 2021

Explainer: What is the Taoiseach's Shared Island Unit up to?
# TGIP
# TGIP

Explainer: What is the Taoiseach's Shared Island Unit up to?

Mar 17th 2021, 8:00 PM 11,237 Views 18 Comments

Cross-border transport, Ulster University’s Magee campus, and an all-island research hub are some of the concrete proposals the Unit are looking at.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 10 March, 2021

Davy controversy harks back to lack of accountability in tracker mortgage scandal, says McDonald
# Davy
# Davy

Davy controversy harks back to lack of accountability in tracker mortgage scandal, says McDonald

Mar 10th 2021, 2:06 PM 14,825 Views 16 Comments

The Taoiseach says what happened in Davy is ‘unacceptable’.

# taoiseach - Tuesday 9 March, 2021

No Cabinet discussion on vaccine delays, but Ireland reaching out to other EU countries for additional supplies
# Spare Doses
# Spare Doses

No Cabinet discussion on vaccine delays, but Ireland reaching out to other EU countries for additional supplies

Updated Mar 9th 2021, 8:00 PM 61,229 Views 94 Comments

Micheál Martin said Boris Johnson has “made this point” to him.

# taoiseach - Friday 5 March, 2021

Taoiseach downplays possibility of unused Covid-19 vaccines being available from other countries
# Vaccines
# Vaccines

Taoiseach downplays possibility of unused Covid-19 vaccines being available from other countries

Mar 5th 2021, 8:07 PM 22,755 Views 72 Comments

Micheál Martin said other countries will use their vaccine supplies to protect their own populations.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 24 February, 2021

Taoiseach to 'check out' why Dr Gabriel Scally is no longer overseeing CervicalCheck plan
# CervicalCheck
# CervicalCheck

Taoiseach to 'check out' why Dr Gabriel Scally is no longer overseeing CervicalCheck plan

Feb 24th 2021, 3:31 PM 20,928 Views 7 Comments

148 out of 170 of Scally’s recommended actions have been implemented, with a further 12 on track to be completed.

Bad news, delivered badly? Taoiseach defends government communications, says the message is clear
# Analysis
# Analysis

Bad news, delivered badly? Taoiseach defends government communications, says the message is clear

Feb 24th 2021, 7:00 AM 56,351 Views 142 Comments

When there is no fuel left in the tank, communication is key.

# taoiseach - Tuesday 23 February, 2021

Here's what's in the new Living With Covid roadmap
# Living With Covid
# Living With Covid

Here's what's in the new Living With Covid roadmap

Feb 23rd 2021, 8:19 PM 147,509 Views 330 Comments
  • Level 5 restrictions will remain in place until 5 April
  • Schools will begin a phased reopening from 1 March
  • The childcare sector will begin to reopen from 8 March
  • The government will consider some easing of restrictions after 5 April

# taoiseach - Thursday 11 February, 2021

'We all need to cool it': Taoiseach urges calm as EU and UK to discuss NI Protocol in London today
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

'We all need to cool it': Taoiseach urges calm as EU and UK to discuss NI Protocol in London today

Feb 11th 2021, 12:22 PM 10,989 Views 8 Comments

“We need to dial down the rhetoric on both sides,” Micheál Martin said in relation to the NI Protocol.

Prolonged lockdown restrictions on the cards 'until the Easter period', says Taoiseach
# Lockdown
# Lockdown

Prolonged lockdown restrictions on the cards 'until the Easter period', says Taoiseach

Updated Feb 11th 2021, 8:52 AM 156,448 Views 229 Comments

The priority remains the phased return of schools and construction, and not much else in the weeks to come.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 10 February, 2021

'It's a better forum than the High Court': Taoiseach says CervicalCheck tribunal should be given a chance to work
# CervicalCheck
# CervicalCheck

'It's a better forum than the High Court': Taoiseach says CervicalCheck tribunal should be given a chance to work

Feb 10th 2021, 3:23 PM 7,358 Views 17 Comments

His comments come after reports that the tribunal has yet to receive a single claim, more than two months after it started its work.

Government plans to increase fines for non-essential international travel from €500 to €2,000
# Travelling Abroad
# Travelling Abroad

Government plans to increase fines for non-essential international travel from €500 to €2,000

Feb 10th 2021, 2:09 PM 41,060 Views 173 Comments

The €500 fine was not seen as enough of a deterrent to stop people travelling abroad.

'They're key workers': Health expert says Cabinet should be vaccinated now
# Covid19
# Covid19

'They're key workers': Health expert says Cabinet should be vaccinated now

Feb 10th 2021, 12:52 PM 27,423 Views 109 Comments

Dr Cillian de Gascun said the Taoiseach should receive his vaccine before travel if he is to visit the US in March.

# taoiseach - 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 28,090 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.

# taoiseach - Friday 29 January, 2021

Stormont leaders won't visit Washington for St Patrick’s Day - but the Taoiseach still intends to go
# St Patrick's Day
# St Patrick's Day

Stormont leaders won't visit Washington for St Patrick’s Day - but the Taoiseach still intends to go

Jan 29th 2021, 8:03 AM 39,878 Views 135 Comments

The Executive Office has confirmed that the annual visit would not proceed this year, amid ongoing public health concerns.

# taoiseach - 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 57,725 Views 116 Comments

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

# taoiseach - 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.

# taoiseach - Tuesday 12 January, 2021

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 34,136 Views 112 Comments

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

'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 9,070 Views 17 Comments

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

# taoiseach - Sunday 10 January, 2021

Taoiseach to give Dáil apology to those impacted by Mother and Baby Home
# Institutional Abuse
# Institutional Abuse

Taoiseach to give Dáil apology to those impacted by Mother and Baby Home

Jan 10th 2021, 12:27 PM 20,089 Views 47 Comments

Micheál Martin is to give the apology on behalf of the State and wider society.

# taoiseach - 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 45,620 Views 65 Comments

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

# taoiseach - 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 27,746 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.

# taoiseach - Saturday 19 December, 2020

Pub and restaurants expected to close their doors on 30 Dec, while inter-county travel set to continue until 6 January
# Post-Christmas
# Post-Christmas

Pub and restaurants expected to close their doors on 30 Dec, while inter-county travel set to continue until 6 January

Dec 19th 2020, 12:21 AM 98,758 Views 133 Comments

Cabinet will meet on Tuesday to sign off on new post-Christmas restrictions.

# taoiseach - Sunday 13 December, 2020

'Appalling failure of statecraft' if post-Brexit trade deal not reached, Taoiseach says
# Micheál Martin
# Micheál Martin

'Appalling failure of statecraft' if post-Brexit trade deal not reached, Taoiseach says

Dec 13th 2020, 10:19 AM 23,126 Views 53 Comments

Today is the deadline for a decision on post-Brexit trade talks between the EU and UK.

# taoiseach - Friday 4 December, 2020

Taoiseach says he is willing to publicly receive Covid-19 vaccine, but not as 'some sort of PR opportunity'
# Vaccine
# Vaccine

Taoiseach says he is willing to publicly receive Covid-19 vaccine, but not as 'some sort of PR opportunity'

Dec 4th 2020, 4:41 PM 31,345 Views 75 Comments

US president-elect Joe Biden said he would be willing to be vaccinated in public after a vaccine is approved.

# taoiseach - Monday 30 November, 2020

British government's decision on Pat Finucane public inquiry 'further blow' to his family, Taoiseach says
# Pat Finucane
# Pat Finucane

British government's decision on Pat Finucane public inquiry 'further blow' to his family, Taoiseach says

Nov 30th 2020, 9:43 PM 15,093 Views 28 Comments

The British government said it will not order an immediate inquiry into the 1989 murder.

# taoiseach - Friday 27 November, 2020

As it happened: Taoiseach announces re-opening of restaurants from next Friday and household visits from 18 December
# Covid19
# Covid19

As it happened: Taoiseach announces re-opening of restaurants from next Friday and household visits from 18 December

Updated Nov 27th 2020, 4:17 PM 70,535 Views 67 Comments
  • Retailers, gyms and non-essential services like hairdressers to open from next Tuesday.
  • Restaurants and gastropubs to open from next Friday.
  • Restrictions on inter-county travel and ban on household visits to remain in place until 18 December.

# taoiseach - Friday 20 November, 2020

Taoiseach: Covid vaccine could be a 'wonderful Christmas voucher' for next year
# All I Want For Christmas
# All I Want For Christmas

Taoiseach: Covid vaccine could be a 'wonderful Christmas voucher' for next year

Nov 20th 2020, 8:26 PM 56,365 Views 69 Comments

Micheál Martin told Virgin Media that the Covid-19 vaccine “gives us hope, and enables us to say, ‘let’s double down’.”

# taoiseach - Wednesday 18 November, 2020

Taoiseach told blocking questions to justice minister on Woulfe appointment 'stinks to the highest heavens'
# Supreme Court
# Supreme Court

Taoiseach told blocking questions to justice minister on Woulfe appointment 'stinks to the highest heavens'

Nov 18th 2020, 1:24 PM 25,593 Views 57 Comments

Micheal Martin rejected allegations of “horse trading” in relation to the appointed of the Attorney General.

# taoiseach - Tuesday 17 November, 2020

Health minister says large crowds drinking alcohol outside has 'taken off at scale' the last number of days
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Health minister says large crowds drinking alcohol outside has 'taken off at scale' the last number of days

Updated Nov 17th 2020, 6:00 PM 69,230 Views 129 Comments

Cabinet abandoned plans to introduce fines for drinking takeaway pints outside today.

Government's Covid plan could be 'tweaked' to allow arts and entertainment venues open safely, says minister
# Attendance Numbers
# Attendance Numbers

Government's Covid plan could be 'tweaked' to allow arts and entertainment venues open safely, says minister

Nov 17th 2020, 4:45 PM 12,594 Views 5 Comments

An arts task force says the Living with Covid plan requires an urgent review.

# taoiseach - 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.

Coronavirus vaccine should be available to Irish public by mid-2021, Martin says
# SARS-CoV-2
# SARS-CoV-2

Coronavirus vaccine should be available to Irish public by mid-2021, Martin says

Nov 13th 2020, 3:37 PM 58,006 Views 124 Comments

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said it would be available to priority groups before then.

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