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Wednesday 7 June 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Taoiseach

Last year
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44 days…
# prepping
Preparation for 2024 elections starts now, Micheál Martin tells Fianna Fáil
Martin told a party dinner this evening that Fianna Fáil that meeting people on the doorsteps was the party’s greatest strength.
# Ukraine War
Increase to €400 payment for housing Ukrainians 'on the table' as leaders set to meet Monday
33 Ukrainian refugees were unable to be accommodated last night, with some returning to the airport.
# European Council
Taoiseach to travel to Brussels for European Council meeting on Ukraine and energy
The Taoiseach said that the EU remained “steadfast” in its support of Ukraine.
Taoiseach accuses Sinn Féin of trying to ‘close down debate’
Micheál Martin accused his political opponents of trying to avoid accountability.
# Emmanuel Macron
Taoiseach and 43 other European leaders meet in Prague Castle in face of Russia's war
The inaugural summit of the ‘European Political Community’ is the brainchild of French President Emmanuel Macron.
# Back in the fold
Fianna Fáil hears proposal for Marc MacSharry to rejoin the parliamentary party
A proposal was brought by TD Barry Cowen to have MacSharry reinstated in the party.
# gaffs
State is now the biggest actor in housing, says Taoiseach
Micheál Martin blasted the number of objections by politicians to new developments in their areas.
# Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis
Irish politics divided into problem solvers and problem exploiters, says Taoiseach
Micheál Martin was addressing the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis in the RDS in Dublin, where the party’s identity was central to discussions.
# ff ard fheis
No mini-budget in January, but budget package will 'get us through winter', says Martin
The windfall tax take will help ‘buffer’ Ireland’s finances, says the Taoiseach.
# rental tax credit
Sinn Féin leader labels Rental Tax Credit a 'half-baked measure' that could 'fuel rent hikes'
Taoieach Micheál Martin said the budget ‘directs resources to those who need it most’.
# New York
Occupied Territories Bill would not make any 'practical difference', says Taoiseach
The Taoiseach has said the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory is untenable.
# budget 2023
VAT on newspapers likely to be abolished, Taoiseach indicates
Government discussions about slashing the VAT rate are underway.
# short hop zone
Public transport fare reductions being examined 'in a positive light' for the Budget
Going beyond the 20% fare reduction and extending the Short Hop Zone to commuter belts under serious consideration.
# New York
Taoiseach: 'No room for energy companies exploiting crisis by hiking up standing charges'
Government is considering the matter ahead of the budget, said Micheál Martin.
# New York
Taoiseach pays tribute to crew on diverted flight, says it's unfortunate he missed Biden reception
The Taoiseach missed a reception dinner hosted by US President Joe Biden last night.
# UN General Assembly
Taoiseach's flight from Dublin to New York forced to return to Ireland due to a bird strike
The Taoiseach was able to catch a later flight to New York following the incident.
# Security
Taoiseach says there is a 'risk to senior ministers' if Garda drivers not reintroduced
‘A lot of ministers don’t want to return to Garda drivers,’ he said.
# Brexit
Taoiseach sees opportunity to ‘reset’ relations with UK after ‘warm’ meeting with Truss
Micheál Martin met Liz Truss during a trip to London to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
# Reshuffle
All eyes will be on what ministry Micheál Martin opts for in December
A number of TDs and senators said the Fianna Fáil party think-in would be Micheál Martin’s last as party leader.
# Decade of Centenaries
Taoiseach, president reflect on 'complexity' of Civil War at cultural centenary event
A cultural event was held in the National Concert Hall today.
# budget 2023
Windfall tax will be backdated but it's unclear how much money levy will raise, say leaders
The Taoiseach says it is still unclear how much money the levy will raise.
# Leaders' Questions
Energy costs dominates first day back but politicians get a giggle with 'Taoiseach' Mary Lou remark
A minute’s silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth II was also held today.
# rotating jobs
Taoiseach expects Michael McGrath to take up finance minister job following reshuffle
Parity of esteem between parties is central to the cohesion in Government, says Taoiseach.
# Energy
Electricity credits for householders will be universal payments and not targeted, says Taoiseach
Micheál Martin said there are ‘huge questions’ around an electricity price cap.
# Clones
Taoiseach launches €20 million cross-border Ulster Canal restoration project
Taoiseach Micheal Martin laid the foundation stone to mark the start of phase two of the works.
# Energy Crisis
Taoiseach and senior ministers discuss energy security and price issues
Government coalition members attended the meeting on tonight to consider ways to reduce soaring energy costs.
# Robert Troy
Robert Troy has ‘cleared the air’ in resolving declaration errors – Taoiseach
The Minister of State with responsibility for Trade Promotion has been forced to correct the Dail’s register of declarations of interest.
# Taoiseach
Sinn Féin's 'revisionist history' is a barrier to progress in the North, says Taoiseach
Sinn Féin’s deputy leader Michelle O’Neill said this week that there was no alternative to violence during the Troubles.
# Pension
Pension age to remain at 66 under new proposals to be announced next month
It’s at odds with the recommendations of the Pension Commission report published last October.
# Troubles
Bloody Friday: Taoiseach pays tribute to victims on 50th anniversary of 'devastating' bombings
Nine people were killed and approximately 130 others were seriously injured on this day in 1972.
# taoiseach abroad
Taoiseach meets Prime Minister of Japan to discuss trade, Ukraine and nuclear disarmament
The Taoiseach also expressed his sincere condolences on the killing of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
# General Election
John Lahart TD says he doesn't expect Micheál Martin to lead Fianna Fáil into the next election
TD John McGuinness said yesterday that Micheál Martin should step down as party leader in December.
# Rotating Taoisigh
Fianna Fáil TD says Micheál Martin should resign as party leader when Taoiseach term ends
TD John McGuinness said some of Fianna Fáil’s parliamentary party are becoming “anxious” about how close it is to Fine Gael.
# Taoiseach
Taoiseach to express condolences on Abe killing on official visit to Japan
Micheál Martin will also visit Singapore on the four-day visit.
# Refugees
Gormanston tent camp for refugees to open on Monday due to accommodation shortage
The Government said more than 160 people fleeing Ukraine have been transferred out of the Old Terminal building in Dublin Airport today.
# Leaders' Questions
Audit into infant organ disposal should be published without delay, says Taoiseach
The Taoiseach offered his “deepest sympathies” to the families impacted, stating that what happened compounded their grief.
# Solidarity
Taoiseach holds meeting with Zelenskyy after visiting devastated towns around Kyiv on Ukraine trip
Micheál Martin travelled to the Ukrainian capital to witness sites that have been devastated by the Russian army.
The Taoiseach arrived in Kyiv this morning on a visit to discuss how Ireland and the EU can support Ukraine.
He has visited the town of Borodyanka in the Kyiv province, which Russia heavily hit in the early weeks of its invasion.
"The people of Ireland stand with Ukraine and its people in the face of Russia’s immoral and unprovoked war of terror," he said.
At least two killed after 'massive' Russian shelling in Ukrainian city of Sloviansk
Nato hails 'historic day' as membership process for Sweden and Finland launched
# pension age
Pension age shouldn't go beyond 66, says Micheál Martin
Additional PRSI contributions will be needed to ensure the pension age is not increased, says Micheál Martin.
# job vacancy
'Remuneration is significant': No appetite in Govt to increase €420k salary for next HSE boss
Questions have been raised about whether tensions between the HSE and Department of Health played a part in Paul Reid’s decision to step down.