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Wednesday 7 June 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Taoiseach

Last year
Officials seek meeting with US airlines group amid concerns over Dublin Airport delays
Taoiseach says the delays at Dublin Airport has not caused damage to Irish tourism.
# Passport Office
Family miss out on meeting the Pope due to passport delays
The Taoiseach said it must be very distressing for the mother and her four children who did not make their flight today.
# Cost of Living
Government 'can't take risks with economy', says Taoiseach in response to calls for mini budget
Taoiseach Micheál Martin faced more calls for an emergency budget today.
# jabs for the boys
NIAC considering extending second Covid booster to under-65s
The second booster shot is currently being offered to people over 65 and people who are immunosuppressed.
Government's 'objective' to cut childcare costs before Christmas - Taoiseach
Martin warned that the toughest period in this crisis could be wintertime.
# Cost of Living
Taoiseach says cost of living measures can’t be 'chased month to month'
The Taoiseach’s comment follow several cost of living protests yesterday.
# Cost of Living
October's Budget will target those most in need, says Taoiseach
Government knows the pressure people are under, says Taoiseach.
# address
Taoiseach tells European Parliament that Ireland strongly supports Ukraine joining EU
Micheál Martin said Ireland supports the strongest possible sanctions on Russia, understanding that it will involve costs.
# Strasbourg
All sides must honour Good Friday Agreement, Taoiseach says at unveiling of John Hume bust
Micheal Martin is in Strasbourg for a series of engagements in the Council of Europe, marking Ireland’s presidency of the body.
# buy or lease
Buying a new Govt jet under consideration as current plane is 'nearing the end of life'
The Air Corps Learjet was purchased in 2004.
# Public Transport
Cut in public transport fares likely to continue into next year, says Taoiseach
Micheal Martin, speaking as he visited Irish troops in Lebanon, indicated transport costs would form a key part of the priorities for the next Budget.
# dublin booked up
Taoiseach says Oireachtas members sleeping in cars due to hotel shortage isn't 'widespread'
A Fianna Fáil senator said that he has had to sleep in his car twice and that other politicians have the same problem.
# The Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Monday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
# Russia
Russian state TV host responds to Taoiseach's comments that nuclear simulation is 'sinister'
The station had broadcast a simulation of Ireland and the UK being destroyed by a nuclear strike.
# famine commemoration
Honour Irish famine victims by ending world hunger, says Taoiseach
Speaking at the annual Famine Commemoration Ceremony, Micheál Martin noted Ireland’s “bitter past” has spurred it to aid other victims of hunger and poverty.
# State apology
Taoiseach ‘more than willing’ to offer State apology for illegal birth registrations
Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman yesterday issued an apology in the Seanad on behalf of the Government.
# An Bord Pleanála
Terms of reference being finalised for An Bord Pleanála decisions review, says Taoiseach
Paul Hyde has temporarily stepped back from his role as two separate probes into his decisions continue.
# National Maternity Hospital
'If you don't trust me, fine, but trust hospital doctors': Taoiseach says NMH must go ahead
Mary Lou McDonald urged the Taoiseach to convince St Vincent’s Healthcare Group to gift the NMH land to the State.
# Stormont Election
O'Neill promises to be 'first minister for all' and accuses DUP of 'holding society to ransom'
Party leaders are meeting today with Secretary of State Brandon Lewis across the day.
# Stormont
Taoiseach says Northern Ireland politicians must return to power sharing after May election
Speaking this morning, Micheál Martin urged political parties to work “collectively” after the election.
# CMO trinity job
'Who's running the country?': Sec Gen 'snub' of Oireachtas committee raised with Taoiseach
TD John McGuinness has written to Robert Watt to convey disappointment at the lack of response to an invitation.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you be in favour of a general election this year?
Pearse Doherty said there should be a general election instead of the Taoiseach rotation due to take place later this year.
# Ukraine
Taoiseach: 'We have to support and speak up for Ukraine, as they have asked us to do'
Speaking at the Global Ireland Summit, the Taoiseach said Russia must be held to account.
# Ballybrit
Boston Scientific to pump €100 million into Galway facility, adding 300 jobs
Opened in 2019, the facility is the firm’s second in Galway City where it has had a presence since 1994.
# new tcd role
'Lessons have to be learned' from Dr Holohan TCD role controversy, Taoiseach says
Dr Holohan said yesterday he will not proceed with a new role in TCD after stepping down as Chief Medical Officer later this year.
# Good Friday Agreement
Peace and democracy can't be taken for granted, Taoiseach says on GFA anniversary
The Taoiseach released a statement to mark the 24th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.
# Micheál Martin
Taoiseach says Ireland will be ‘stretched’ on Ukrainian refugee accommodation
Micheal Martin, speaking in Helsinki, admitted that Ireland will face challenges housing refugees set to arrive into the country.
# New Job
Dr Tony Holohan rules out return as Chief Medical Officer after his new role in Trinity College
Controversy has surrounded the salary payment of for his new professorship in Trinity College.
# Ukraine
Citywest to be used as 'overflow' processing centre for refugees if needed
30,000 refugees are expected to arrive in Ireland by the end of April.
# Cost of Living
EU might not give the green light on VAT reduction on fuel until May
Mary Lou McDonald has called for a 0% VAT rate for a period of time on domestic energy bills.
# Coronavirus
Taoiseach says there is no justification for further Covid restrictions
Public health officials today reported a total of 23,125 cases of Covid-19.
Covid inquiry: Taoiseach doesn't see key decision-makers being grilled in witness box
Details of what form the inquiry will take will be ready in a couple of weeks, says Micheál Martin.
# Washington DC
Taoiseach wants more 'legal channels' to allow people travel between the US and Ireland
He said work is continuing on getting more visas for Irish people.
# phone call
Ukraine's Zelenskyy thanks Taoiseach for Ireland's aid and support
The Ukrainian President spoke to Micheál Martin this afternoon.
# Washington DC
Taoiseach to get leadership award at event attended by US President Joe Biden tonight
Taoiseach says it will be a ‘very pleasant’ meeting between ‘one Irishman and another Irishman’.
# delete history
Taoiseach says removal of certain press statements from SF website is 'kind of Orwellian'
Mary Lou McDonald has dismissed claims that it is an attempt to pivot her party’s position on Russia.
# refugees in ireland
Taoiseach: Officials vetting accommodation for refugees amid report of 'sex for housing' offer
Taoiseach says Ireland will take in a further 500 Ukrainian refugees that are currently in Moldova.
# Washington DC
Taoiseach to meet US President at Ireland Funds dinner the day before White House meeting
Last year, due to Covid-19, the Taoiseach held virtual meetings with US President Joe Biden.
Barack Obama tests positive for Covid-19
He reiterated his support for the vaccine on Twitter today.
# Neutrality
There will be a debate in Ireland on military neutrality, says Taoiseach
However, he said “we don’t have time” for such a debate right now.