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Tuesday 6 June 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Taoiseach

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# Cost of Living
Commodity prices ‘going through the roof’, says Taoiseach
Micheál Martin was speaking to reporters during a visit to London.
# London
Taoiseach travels to London as part of a two-day trip to mark St Patrick's Day celebrations
The Taoiseach will attend London’s St Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday.
# Micheál Martin
Taoiseach: 'Possible' Irish forces could help with humanitarian aid at Ukraine borders
Micheál Martin is in Versailles for a two-day summit of the European Council.
# St Patrick's Day
St Patrick's Day global greening set to incorporate 'Ukrainian theme' this year, says Taoiseach
Taoiseach says the Government will use St. Patrick’s Day visits to highlight Ireland’s solidarity with Ukraine.
# Cabinet
Taoiseach to update Cabinet on Ukraine and Ireland's humanitarian response
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly will also bring a memo to Cabinet on the Government’s Women’s’ Action Plan.
# russian invasion
1,800 Ukrainians have arrived in Ireland with number 'growing day by day', Taoiseach says
Micheál Martin said the crisis is the worst displacement of people in Europe since World War II.
# Ukraine
More than 1.5 million refugees flee Ukraine in past 10 days, says UN
Government is making plans to accommodate thousands of refugees in Ireland.
# Ukraine
Scenario planning underway for Ireland to accommodate thousands of refugees from Ukraine
The Taoiseach said it is ‘very possible’ that Ireland could be asked to take in numbers higher than 20,000.
# Invasion
Taoiseach: 'Sanctions will have impact - but they won't halt what Russia is doing in Ukraine'
137 deaths have been reported as the invasion enters its second day.
# Micheál Martin
Taoiseach suggests FF councillors should not have voted against housing motions alongside Sinn Féin
The issue has become a source of disagreement in recent weeks.
Micheál Martin has repeatedly accused Sinn Féin councillors of "objecting" to new homes.
Analysis by The Journal found several Fianna Fáil councillors voted alongside Sinn Féin in housing motions.
Taoiseach: 'We can't say this is a crisis and then just habitually vote against projects'.
# golfgate
Former EU Commissioner Phil Hogan was not 'treated like a criminal', says Taoiseach
Micheál Martin says Hogan paid a very heavy price at the time.
# confrontation
'Banter can happen': Taoiseach won't confront minister or civil servant about war of words in pub
The Irish Daily Mail reported that Watt, one of the country’s top civil servants confronted the housing minister in a crowded pub.
# taoiseach abroad
'These are difficult hours for Europe': Taoiseach meets German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin
Speaking in a joint press conference in Berlin today with Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Scholz said steps were being taken to halt the process.
# nphet
NPHET recommend end to mandatory mask-wearing in education, public transport and school settings
Public health officials advised the government of the move following a meeting today.
# nphet
Mask wearing looks set to become optional in the coming weeks
It is understood that members of NPHET are positive about the current Covid-19 situation.
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
# Language
Taoiseach will not follow Amnesty International in using 'apartheid' in relation to Israel
Micheál Martin said using the term apartheid would not “add anything right now”.
# Cork City
Construction to begin later this year on Cork Events Centre after Cabinet approves extra funding
After an initial opening date of 2018, the new deadline for the opening is the end of 2024.
# energy costs
Measures to tackle cost of living will 'cushion the blow', says Taoiseach
An increase in the €100 electricity credit is widely expected.
# Inflation
Measures aimed at tackling rising cost of living will be published this week, Taoiseach says
Micheál Martin singled out health and transport charges as areas where the government can take quick action.
# Leaders' Questions
'Not an issue of funding': Urgent surgery wait lists for children unacceptable, says Taoiseach
Micheál Martin said record sums of money have been given to the HSE and to CHI.
# Defence Forces
Women of Honour told 'no change' to structure of review during meeting with Taoiseach
The group had called for a statutory inquiry which would compel witnesses to give evidence.
# Micheál Martin
Ireland has much to learn from history of division, Taoiseach says
Micheál Martin was speaking at an academic conference marking 100 years since the handing over of Dublin Castle by the British.
# 100 years on
Commemoration to mark the 100th anniversary of Dublin Castle handover taking place today
On 16 January 1922 at 1.45pm, the Viceroy of Ireland formally handed over power.
# ashling murphy
Taoiseach: We need to call out undermining of women and misogyny in Ireland
Taoiseach Micheál Martin was speaking on tonight’s Late Late Show.
# Taoiseach
Taoiseach ‘focused on getting work done’ rather than future role in government
Micheál Martin is set to hand the reins over to Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar in December 2022.
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# Housing
Reliance on institutional investors in social housing overstated, Taoiseach says
Micheál Martin insisted the state remained the key driver in providing homes.
# Trans
Taoiseach admits Government needs to 'work harder' to increase supports for transgender teens
“I think we should consult young trans people to hear their views,” the Taoiseach said.
# pandemic
If Omicron is more infectious but less severe it could create a new horizon, says Taoiseach
Micheál Martin says he is hopeful for 2022.
# biggest regret
'It came at a cost': Taoiseach regrets shutting down construction for four months
This government plans to go all the way, Micheál Martin tells Political Correspondent Christina Finn.
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.
Fianna Fáil's message to itself: Deliver housing now or face extinction at the next election
Every week of lockdown between 700 and 800 houses will not be built, says minister
# omicron
No plans for more restrictions this week, but Martin can't rule out discussions after Christmas
Micheál Martin said they are waiting on the key data on the impact of Omicron and its severity.
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.
Increased demand for PCR testing puts strain on HSE booking systems
Booster interval for people who have had Covid to be cut from six months to three months
# omicron
Taoiseach: January will be 'challenging', but 'behaviour does matter' in reducing Covid threat
The Taoiseach told RTÉ’s Brendan O’Connor show that the Government was taking action “early”, before hospitalisations increase further.
# vaccine programme
Vaccinations for vulnerable children to start next week, Taoiseach says
Micheál Martin said that vulnerable children will begin to receive vaccines from 20 December.
# Micheál Martin
Taoiseach ‘concerned but hopeful’ about Covid-19 situation
Micheál Martin said this afternoon that he hoped the HSE could deliver 1.5 million booster jabs before the end of the year.
# extension to powers
Government says it's 'not practical' to give Dáil scrutiny to Covid emergency powers
A number of politicians have said they are not prepared to sign off on giving ‘wide ranging powers’ to the health minister.
# booster shot
More than 215,000 booster appointments missed in the last two weeks, Taoiseach tells Dáil
Questions over the actual number of booster ‘no-shows’ have been raised in recent weeks due to issues with the booking system.
# freezing classrooms
Taoiseach says funding will be made available to schools that wish to purchase HEPA filters
Mary Lou McDonald says children and teachers are left freezing in classrooms as windows must be left open.
# nphet
Varadkar says 'a plethora of voices' caused 'mixed messages' on Covid
It comes after Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he is ‘trying to check out’ reports that some members of NPHET withdrew from broadcasts
# Brexit
UK and EU need to 'knuckle down' and resolve dispute over NI Protocol, Taoiseach says
UK Brexit Minster David Frost will hold further talks with European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic tomorrow.
# new measures
'We need to act now': Taoiseach announces updated Covid-19 restrictions
The latest Covid-19 measures were announced in an address by the Taoiseach.
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.
'A very worrying picture': There's been a 25% increase in Covid hospital admissions in a week
Taoiseach Micheál Martin 'extremely concerned' at rise in cases of Covid-19
# article 16
Taoiseach says there's an 'obligation' to consider Article 16's impact on the peace process
Micheál Martin has called on the Progressive Unionist Party to reconsider their withdrawal of support for the Good Friday Agreement