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#Taoiseach

# taoiseach - Last year 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 48,960 Views 27 Comments

Micheál Martin says he is hopeful for 2022.

'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 47,348 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.
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 51,369 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: 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 30,626 Views 105 Comments

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

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 13,081 Views 53 Comments

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

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 27,234 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.

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 15,928 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.

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 25,206 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 13,596 Views 14 Comments

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

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 34,678 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

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 8,962 Views 22 Comments

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

'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 132,625 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 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 11,773 Views 13 Comments

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

'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 17,012 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: 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 15,350 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: 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 35,482 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 39,771 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 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 23,883 Views 74 Comments

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

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 8,103 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 81,231 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.
'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 29,942 Views 77 Comments

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

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 29,993 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.
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 43,096 Views 90 Comments

The Sinn Féin leader said it was “scandalous” that such a low number will be delivered in 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 10,879 Views 35 Comments

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

Government to oppose proposal to ban data centres in Ireland
# Energy Grid
# Energy Grid

Government to oppose proposal to ban data centres in Ireland

Updated Sep 28th 2021, 7:10 PM 25,626 Views 42 Comments

The Taoiseach has said banning data centres is ‘too crude a measure’.

Taoiseach says 2034 is a 'realistic assessment' of when MetroLink will be delivered
# Metrolink
# Metrolink

Taoiseach says 2034 is a 'realistic assessment' of when MetroLink will be delivered

Sep 28th 2021, 4:08 PM 11,407 Views 33 Comments

The Taoiseach says it is ‘wrong’ to say the project has not been delayed.

Taoiseach: 'No issue vaccinating young children, but we must ask if vaccines need to go to others'
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Taoiseach: 'No issue vaccinating young children, but we must ask if vaccines need to go to others'

Sep 26th 2021, 6:00 AM 21,649 Views 24 Comments

Martin said we have to ‘up the level of vaccination in less developed regions’.

Taoiseach to chair UN Security Council debate in New York today
# New York
# New York

Taoiseach to chair UN Security Council debate in New York today

Sep 23rd 2021, 6:30 AM 8,658 Views 21 Comments

This is the first time a Taoiseach has chaired the UN Security Council.

'Talk is cheap': Irish-Americans confront Taoiseach in New York on mica scandal
# Mica Scandal
# Mica Scandal

'Talk is cheap': Irish-Americans confront Taoiseach in New York on mica scandal

Sep 22nd 2021, 9:35 PM 36,218 Views 33 Comments

Micheál Martin sat down with two Irish-Americans who confronted him on the mica issue.

Government to do what is 'right and proper' with bonus for frontline workers, says Taoiseach
# New York
# New York

Government to do what is 'right and proper' with bonus for frontline workers, says Taoiseach

Sep 22nd 2021, 7:29 PM 29,271 Views 75 Comments

Micheál Martin said an announcement on the bonus will be made ‘shortly’.

Vietnam asks Taoiseach for assistance in sourcing Covid-19 vaccines
# New York
# New York

Vietnam asks Taoiseach for assistance in sourcing Covid-19 vaccines

Sep 21st 2021, 8:35 PM 22,797 Views 16 Comments

The Taoiseach held a number of bilateral meetings at the UN in New York today.

Taoiseach and NY governor welcome lifting of US travel ban
# New York
# New York

Taoiseach and NY governor welcome lifting of US travel ban

Sep 20th 2021, 8:08 PM 27,927 Views 10 Comments

The White House announced the change in the current travel ban into the US today.

Taoiseach in NYC: 'High-level week' begins as Martin meets new state Governor today
# New York
# New York

Taoiseach in NYC: 'High-level week' begins as Martin meets new state Governor today

Sep 20th 2021, 9:33 AM 7,782 Views 14 Comments

The Taoiseach travelled to New York yesterday to begin a series of UN events.

The Taoiseach is heading to NYC for a busy schedule of UN events (and will also drop by 30 Rock)
# New York New York
# New York New York

The Taoiseach is heading to NYC for a busy schedule of UN events (and will also drop by 30 Rock)

Sep 19th 2021, 7:13 AM 27,075 Views 35 Comments

The Taoiseach will chair a meeting of the UN Security Council on Thursday.

Marc MacSharry says the Fianna Fáil party is now a 'one man show'
# Resignation
# Resignation

Marc MacSharry says the Fianna Fáil party is now a 'one man show'

Sep 16th 2021, 11:34 AM 34,496 Views 35 Comments

The Sligo-Leitrim TD said his resignation was not a ‘a vanity project’.

Schools to get 25,000 carbon dioxide monitors by the end of the week, says Taoiseach
# Return To School
# Return To School

Schools to get 25,000 carbon dioxide monitors by the end of the week, says Taoiseach

Sep 15th 2021, 6:33 PM 12,642 Views 23 Comments

A defect in thousands of monitors resulted in a delay in the roll out.

Taoiseach says he doesn't want to see students staying in hotels due to lack of accommodation
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Taoiseach says he doesn't want to see students staying in hotels due to lack of accommodation

Sep 15th 2021, 4:24 PM 15,572 Views 29 Comments

The Taoiseach said a “close eye” will be kept on colleges and what they charge in for rent.

'There can be no doubt about how appointments are made': Taoiseach reacts to Coveney's apology
# Simon Coveney
# Simon Coveney

'There can be no doubt about how appointments are made': Taoiseach reacts to Coveney's apology

Updated Sep 7th 2021, 9:28 PM 29,358 Views 115 Comments

Coveney was grilled further on the Zappone controversy before an Oireachtas Committee today.

Taoiseach says 'evaluation' into handling of Covid-19 pandemic in Ireland will be carried out
# Looking Back
# Looking Back

Taoiseach says 'evaluation' into handling of Covid-19 pandemic in Ireland will be carried out

Updated Sep 1st 2021, 2:10 PM 17,652 Views 30 Comments

However, he said it’s his “preference that we manage the pandemic first with all hands on deck”.

Taoiseach declines to comment on rumours that NPHET is to be disbanded
# Nphet
# Nphet

Taoiseach declines to comment on rumours that NPHET is to be disbanded

Aug 28th 2021, 5:51 PM 38,928 Views 74 Comments

It follows reports that the group will be wound up by October.