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#Taoiseach

# taoiseach - Tuesday 22 February, 2022

'Banter can happen': Taoiseach won't confront minister or civil servant about war of words in pub
# Confrontation
# Confrontation

'Banter can happen': Taoiseach won't confront minister or civil servant about war of words in pub

Feb 22nd 2022, 3:21 PM 39,487 Views 16 Comments

The Irish Daily Mail reported that Watt, one of the country’s top civil servants confronted the housing minister in a crowded pub.

'These are difficult hours for Europe': Taoiseach meets German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin
# Taoiseach Abroad
# Taoiseach Abroad

'These are difficult hours for Europe': Taoiseach meets German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin

Updated Feb 22nd 2022, 12:00 PM 21,092 Views 32 Comments

Speaking in a joint press conference in Berlin today with Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Scholz said steps were being taken to halt the process.

# taoiseach - Thursday 17 February, 2022

NPHET recommend end to mandatory mask-wearing in education, public transport and school settings
# Nphet
# Nphet

NPHET recommend end to mandatory mask-wearing in education, public transport and school settings

Updated Feb 17th 2022, 4:20 PM 86,533 Views 104 Comments

Public health officials advised the government of the move following a meeting today.

# taoiseach - Tuesday 15 February, 2022

Mask wearing looks set to become optional in the coming weeks
# Nphet
# Nphet

Mask wearing looks set to become optional in the coming weeks

Feb 15th 2022, 6:21 PM 106,735 Views 132 Comments
  • The mask requirement on public transport, shops and in schools is expected to be lifted soon
  • The move will be one of the biggest changes in the pandemic, writes Christina Finn
  • Members of NPHET met with Health Minister Stephen Donnelly on Monday night

# taoiseach - Tuesday 8 February, 2022

Taoiseach will not follow Amnesty International in using 'apartheid' in relation to Israel
# Language
# Language

Taoiseach will not follow Amnesty International in using 'apartheid' in relation to Israel

Feb 8th 2022, 5:01 PM 14,227 Views 39 Comments

Micheál Martin said using the term apartheid would not “add anything right now”.

Construction to begin later this year on Cork Events Centre after Cabinet approves extra funding
# Cork City
# Cork City

Construction to begin later this year on Cork Events Centre after Cabinet approves extra funding

Feb 8th 2022, 2:43 PM 9,504 Views 19 Comments

After an initial opening date of 2018, the new deadline for the opening is the end of 2024.

# taoiseach - Monday 7 February, 2022

Measures to tackle cost of living will 'cushion the blow', says Taoiseach
# Energy Costs
# Energy Costs

Measures to tackle cost of living will 'cushion the blow', says Taoiseach

Feb 7th 2022, 2:34 PM 18,832 Views 53 Comments

An increase in the €100 electricity credit is widely expected.

# taoiseach - Sunday 6 February, 2022

Measures aimed at tackling rising cost of living will be published this week, Taoiseach says
# Inflation
# Inflation

Measures aimed at tackling rising cost of living will be published this week, Taoiseach says

Feb 6th 2022, 2:27 PM 23,206 Views 86 Comments

Micheál Martin singled out health and transport charges as areas where the government can take quick action.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 2 February, 2022

'Not an issue of funding': Urgent surgery wait lists for children unacceptable, says Taoiseach
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

'Not an issue of funding': Urgent surgery wait lists for children unacceptable, says Taoiseach

Feb 2nd 2022, 3:30 PM 7,875 Views 8 Comments

Micheál Martin said record sums of money have been given to the HSE and to CHI.

# taoiseach - Monday 31 January, 2022

Women of Honour told 'no change' to structure of review during meeting with Taoiseach
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Women of Honour told 'no change' to structure of review during meeting with Taoiseach

Jan 31st 2022, 2:14 PM 9,261 Views 0 Comments

The group had called for a statutory inquiry which would compel witnesses to give evidence.

# taoiseach - Sunday 16 January, 2022

Ireland has much to learn from history of division, Taoiseach says
# Micheál Martin
# Micheál Martin

Ireland has much to learn from history of division, Taoiseach says

Jan 16th 2022, 8:10 AM 14,656 Views 25 Comments

Micheál Martin was speaking at an academic conference marking 100 years since the handing over of Dublin Castle by the British.

Commemoration to mark the 100th anniversary of Dublin Castle handover taking place today
# 100 Years On
# 100 Years On

Commemoration to mark the 100th anniversary of Dublin Castle handover taking place today

Jan 16th 2022, 7:45 AM 14,479 Views 14 Comments

On 16 January 1922 at 1.45pm, the Viceroy of Ireland formally handed over power.

# taoiseach - Friday 14 January, 2022

Taoiseach: We need to call out undermining of women and misogyny in Ireland
# Ashling Murphy
# Ashling Murphy

Taoiseach: We need to call out undermining of women and misogyny in Ireland

Jan 14th 2022, 11:41 PM 26,954 Views 0 Comments

Taoiseach Micheál Martin was speaking on tonight’s Late Late Show.

# taoiseach - 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 18,440 Views 59 Comments

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

# taoiseach - Tuesday 28 December, 2021

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 12,447 Views 21 Comments

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

# taoiseach - Monday 27 December, 2021

Taoiseach admits Government needs to 'work harder' to increase supports for transgender teens
# Trans
# Trans

Taoiseach admits Government needs to 'work harder' to increase supports for transgender teens

Dec 27th 2021, 11:11 AM 26,192 Views 13 Comments

“I think we should consult young trans people to hear their views,” the Taoiseach said.

# taoiseach - Sunday 26 December, 2021

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 48,943 Views 26 Comments

Micheál Martin says he is hopeful for 2022.

# taoiseach - 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 47,327 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.

# taoiseach - 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 51,345 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.

# taoiseach - Saturday 18 December, 2021

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 30,612 Views 105 Comments

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

# taoiseach - 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 13,073 Views 53 Comments

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

# taoiseach - 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 27,233 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.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 8 December, 2021

Government says it's 'not practical' to give Dáil scrutiny to Covid emergency powers
# Extension To Powers
# Extension To Powers

Government says it's 'not practical' to give Dáil scrutiny to Covid emergency powers

Dec 8th 2021, 7:59 PM 15,922 Views 34 Comments

A number of politicians have said they are not prepared to sign off on giving ‘wide ranging powers’ to the health minister.

# taoiseach - Tuesday 7 December, 2021

More than 215,000 booster appointments missed in the last two weeks, Taoiseach tells Dáil
# Booster Shot
# Booster Shot

More than 215,000 booster appointments missed in the last two weeks, Taoiseach tells Dáil

Dec 7th 2021, 5:51 PM 25,204 Views 73 Comments

Questions over the actual number of booster ‘no-shows’ have been raised in recent weeks due to issues with the booking system.

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 13,585 Views 14 Comments

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

# taoiseach - 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 34,669 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

# taoiseach - Thursday 18 November, 2021

UK and EU need to 'knuckle down' and resolve dispute over NI Protocol, Taoiseach says
# Brexit
# Brexit

UK and EU need to 'knuckle down' and resolve dispute over NI Protocol, Taoiseach says

Nov 18th 2021, 10:37 PM 8,952 Views 22 Comments

UK Brexit Minster David Frost will hold further talks with European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic tomorrow.

# taoiseach - Tuesday 16 November, 2021

'We need to act now': Taoiseach announces updated Covid-19 restrictions
# New Measures
# New Measures

'We need to act now': Taoiseach announces updated Covid-19 restrictions

Nov 16th 2021, 6:49 PM 132,606 Views 190 Comments
  • Taoiseach Micheál Martin said it is "increasingly clear that we are experiencing another surge of Covid infection" in Ireland
  • People are once again advised to work from home unless it is "absolutely necessary to attend in person".
  • Pubs, restaurants and nightclubs to have an earlier closing time of midnight effective from Thursday night.

# taoiseach - Monday 8 November, 2021

Taoiseach says there's an 'obligation' to consider Article 16's impact on the peace process
# Article 16
# Article 16

Taoiseach says there's an 'obligation' to consider Article 16's impact on the peace process

Nov 8th 2021, 3:30 PM 11,753 Views 13 Comments

Micheál Martin has called on the Progressive Unionist Party to reconsider their withdrawal of support for the Good Friday Agreement

# taoiseach - 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 16,972 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."

# taoiseach - 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 15,340 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.

# taoiseach - 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 35,469 Views 98 Comments

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

FactCheck: Did the Taoiseach say that he was in favour of reducing the national herd?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Did the Taoiseach say that he was in favour of reducing the national herd?

Oct 23rd 2021, 9:54 AM 39,725 Views 0 Comments

The Taoiseach challenged a TD to produce a quote where he said he was in favour of a reduction of the herd.

# taoiseach - Friday 22 October, 2021

Taoiseach calls for garda review of security for Irish politicians after David Amess killing
# Garda Intelligence
# Garda Intelligence

Taoiseach calls for garda review of security for Irish politicians after David Amess killing

Oct 22nd 2021, 12:08 PM 23,865 Views 74 Comments

Micheál Martin said he has been “roared and screamed at” while walking down the street.

# taoiseach - Tuesday 19 October, 2021

Dáil observes moment of silence in memory of MP David Amess
# Tributes
# Tributes

Dáil observes moment of silence in memory of MP David Amess

Oct 19th 2021, 4:09 PM 8,089 Views 14 Comments

Amess was stabbed to death while meeting constituents last week.

Government advised that Covid certs, masks and social distancing should remain beyond Friday
# Decision Time
# Decision Time

Government advised that Covid certs, masks and social distancing should remain beyond Friday

Updated Oct 19th 2021, 7:14 AM 81,215 Views 82 Comments
  • Ministers have been advised by NPHET that there is some scope to ease remaining Covid-19 restrictions on Friday.
  • As nightclubs await permission to open doors again the advice has been described by sources as "not straightforward".
  • Separately NIAC has recommended booster vaccine shots for those over 60.

# taoiseach - Tuesday 12 October, 2021

'Are you joking?' - Taoiseach denies Budget is attempt to woo young voters away from Sinn Féin
# Budget 2022
# Budget 2022

'Are you joking?' - Taoiseach denies Budget is attempt to woo young voters away from Sinn Féin

Oct 12th 2021, 11:59 PM 29,940 Views 77 Comments

The recent Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll shows that support for Sinn Féin remains strongest among younger voters.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 6 October, 2021

Taoiseach: Country 'on track' to see final Covid restrictions lifted in fortnight's time
# 22 October
# 22 October

Taoiseach: Country 'on track' to see final Covid restrictions lifted in fortnight's time

Oct 6th 2021, 6:03 PM 29,988 Views 29 Comments
  • Micheál Martin said that "it's all track right now" for the lifting of restrictions on 22 October.
  • Masks will still be mandatory in retail, public transport and healthcare settings.
  • Health authorities are set to look at expanding booster vaccines to younger age cohorts throughout the winter.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 29 September, 2021

Tetchy exchange as Taoiseach told he should be 'ashamed' only 8 affordable homes ready
# Scandalous
# Scandalous

Tetchy exchange as Taoiseach told he should be 'ashamed' only 8 affordable homes ready

Sep 29th 2021, 2:15 PM 43,079 Views 90 Comments

The Sinn Féin leader said it was “scandalous” that such a low number will be delivered in 2021.

# taoiseach - Tuesday 28 September, 2021

Plan to tackle healthcare waiting lists to be announced shortly, says Taoiseach
# Children's Health
# Children's Health

Plan to tackle healthcare waiting lists to be announced shortly, says Taoiseach

Sep 28th 2021, 7:58 PM 10,867 Views 35 Comments

There are more than 100,000 children on waiting lists for treatment, assessment and diagnostic tests.