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#Taoiseach

# taoiseach - Wednesday 24 February, 2021

Bad news, delivered badly? Taoiseach defends government communications, says the message is clear
# Analysis
# Analysis

Bad news, delivered badly? Taoiseach defends government communications, says the message is clear

Feb 24th 2021, 7:00 AM 56,689 Views 142 Comments

When there is no fuel left in the tank, communication is key.

# taoiseach - Tuesday 23 February, 2021

Here's what's in the new Living With Covid roadmap
# Living With Covid
# Living With Covid

Here's what's in the new Living With Covid roadmap

Feb 23rd 2021, 8:19 PM 148,421 Views 331 Comments
  • Level 5 restrictions will remain in place until 5 April
  • Schools will begin a phased reopening from 1 March
  • The childcare sector will begin to reopen from 8 March
  • The government will consider some easing of restrictions after 5 April

# taoiseach - Thursday 11 February, 2021

'We all need to cool it': Taoiseach urges calm as EU and UK to discuss NI Protocol in London today
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

'We all need to cool it': Taoiseach urges calm as EU and UK to discuss NI Protocol in London today

Feb 11th 2021, 12:22 PM 11,009 Views 8 Comments

“We need to dial down the rhetoric on both sides,” Micheál Martin said in relation to the NI Protocol.

Prolonged lockdown restrictions on the cards 'until the Easter period', says Taoiseach
# Lockdown
# Lockdown

Prolonged lockdown restrictions on the cards 'until the Easter period', says Taoiseach

Updated Feb 11th 2021, 8:52 AM 156,613 Views 230 Comments

The priority remains the phased return of schools and construction, and not much else in the weeks to come.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 10 February, 2021

'It's a better forum than the High Court': Taoiseach says CervicalCheck tribunal should be given a chance to work
# CervicalCheck
# CervicalCheck

'It's a better forum than the High Court': Taoiseach says CervicalCheck tribunal should be given a chance to work

Feb 10th 2021, 3:23 PM 7,405 Views 17 Comments

His comments come after reports that the tribunal has yet to receive a single claim, more than two months after it started its work.

Government plans to increase fines for non-essential international travel from €500 to €2,000
# Travelling Abroad
# Travelling Abroad

Government plans to increase fines for non-essential international travel from €500 to €2,000

Feb 10th 2021, 2:09 PM 41,993 Views 173 Comments

The €500 fine was not seen as enough of a deterrent to stop people travelling abroad.

'They're key workers': Health expert says Cabinet should be vaccinated now
# Covid19
# Covid19

'They're key workers': Health expert says Cabinet should be vaccinated now

Feb 10th 2021, 12:52 PM 27,515 Views 109 Comments

Dr Cillian de Gascun said the Taoiseach should receive his vaccine before travel if he is to visit the US in March.

# taoiseach - Friday 5 February, 2021

Taoiseach says hotel quarantining for high-risk travellers to be introduced by mid-February
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Taoiseach says hotel quarantining for high-risk travellers to be introduced by mid-February

Feb 5th 2021, 7:52 AM 28,182 Views 83 Comments

Micheál Martin denied the introduction of the measure was taking too long when he spoke to RTÉ’s Prime Time last night.

# taoiseach - Friday 29 January, 2021

Stormont leaders won't visit Washington for St Patrick’s Day - but the Taoiseach still intends to go
# St Patrick's Day
# St Patrick's Day

Stormont leaders won't visit Washington for St Patrick’s Day - but the Taoiseach still intends to go

Jan 29th 2021, 8:03 AM 40,140 Views 135 Comments

The Executive Office has confirmed that the annual visit would not proceed this year, amid ongoing public health concerns.

# taoiseach - Saturday 16 January, 2021

Taoiseach: 'In hindsight, would we have done what we did a month ago? Obviously not'
# Micheál Martin
# Micheál Martin

Taoiseach: 'In hindsight, would we have done what we did a month ago? Obviously not'

Jan 16th 2021, 8:31 AM 57,884 Views 117 Comments

“Nobody predicted, in any model, the level of community transmission that we’re currently experiencing,” he told Virgin Media News.

# taoiseach - Friday 15 January, 2021

Taoiseach says 'virus will dictate' if he can make St Patrick's day trip to White House
# Shamrock Bowl
# Shamrock Bowl

Taoiseach says 'virus will dictate' if he can make St Patrick's day trip to White House

Updated Jan 15th 2021, 3:02 PM 18,130 Views 57 Comments

Micheál Martin says it’s ‘early days’ but that Covid-19 is causing problems for bilateral meetings.

# taoiseach - Tuesday 12 January, 2021

Taoiseach says church should apologise as religious orders respond to 'shameful chapter'
# Mother And Baby Homes Report
# Mother And Baby Homes Report

Taoiseach says church should apologise as religious orders respond to 'shameful chapter'

Updated Jan 12th 2021, 6:44 PM 34,275 Views 112 Comments

Micheál Martin also said religious orders ‘imposed a perverse moral code’ on society.

'I expect far more empathy from our leaders': Mother and Baby home survivors' letters to Taoiseach
# Mother-and-baby Homes
# Mother-and-baby Homes

'I expect far more empathy from our leaders': Mother and Baby home survivors' letters to Taoiseach

Jan 12th 2021, 7:00 AM 9,142 Views 17 Comments

The letters were sent following the news about a Bill allowing the transfer of 60,000 records to Tusla.

# taoiseach - Sunday 10 January, 2021

Taoiseach to give Dáil apology to those impacted by Mother and Baby Home
# Institutional Abuse
# Institutional Abuse

Taoiseach to give Dáil apology to those impacted by Mother and Baby Home

Jan 10th 2021, 12:27 PM 20,182 Views 47 Comments

Micheál Martin is to give the apology on behalf of the State and wider society.

# taoiseach - Thursday 31 December, 2020

Taoiseach says government will consider extra bank holiday for 2021
# Holidays
# Holidays

Taoiseach says government will consider extra bank holiday for 2021

Dec 31st 2020, 7:00 AM 46,120 Views 65 Comments

There have been calls for another bank holiday in a bid to boost tourism next year.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 23 December, 2020

Taoiseach says he will not jump the queue for Covid-19 vaccine
# Vaccination
# Vaccination

Taoiseach says he will not jump the queue for Covid-19 vaccine

Dec 23rd 2020, 11:39 AM 27,949 Views 77 Comments

Martin said he would have no issue with being vaccinated in public.

Taoiseach: 'Over 2,000 cases per day would significantly challenge the contact tracing system'
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Taoiseach: 'Over 2,000 cases per day would significantly challenge the contact tracing system'

Dec 23rd 2020, 12:05 AM 37,751 Views 53 Comments

The Taoiseach said there are 700 contact tracers employed.

# taoiseach - Saturday 19 December, 2020

Pub and restaurants expected to close their doors on 30 Dec, while inter-county travel set to continue until 6 January
# Post-Christmas
# Post-Christmas

Pub and restaurants expected to close their doors on 30 Dec, while inter-county travel set to continue until 6 January

Dec 19th 2020, 12:21 AM 98,980 Views 133 Comments

Cabinet will meet on Tuesday to sign off on new post-Christmas restrictions.

# taoiseach - Sunday 13 December, 2020

'Appalling failure of statecraft' if post-Brexit trade deal not reached, Taoiseach says
# Micheál Martin
# Micheál Martin

'Appalling failure of statecraft' if post-Brexit trade deal not reached, Taoiseach says

Dec 13th 2020, 10:19 AM 23,130 Views 53 Comments

Today is the deadline for a decision on post-Brexit trade talks between the EU and UK.

# taoiseach - Friday 4 December, 2020

Taoiseach says he is willing to publicly receive Covid-19 vaccine, but not as 'some sort of PR opportunity'
# Vaccine
# Vaccine

Taoiseach says he is willing to publicly receive Covid-19 vaccine, but not as 'some sort of PR opportunity'

Dec 4th 2020, 4:41 PM 31,434 Views 76 Comments

US president-elect Joe Biden said he would be willing to be vaccinated in public after a vaccine is approved.

# taoiseach - Monday 30 November, 2020

British government's decision on Pat Finucane public inquiry 'further blow' to his family, Taoiseach says
# Pat Finucane
# Pat Finucane

British government's decision on Pat Finucane public inquiry 'further blow' to his family, Taoiseach says

Nov 30th 2020, 9:43 PM 15,109 Views 28 Comments

The British government said it will not order an immediate inquiry into the 1989 murder.

# taoiseach - Friday 27 November, 2020

As it happened: Taoiseach announces re-opening of restaurants from next Friday and household visits from 18 December
Live Nov 27th 2020, 4:17 PM

As it happened: Taoiseach announces re-opening of restaurants from next Friday and household visits from 18 December

  • Retailers, gyms and non-essential services like hairdressers to open from next Tuesday.
  • Restaurants and gastropubs to open from next Friday.
  • Restrictions on inter-county travel and ban on household visits to remain in place until 18 December.

# taoiseach - Friday 20 November, 2020

Taoiseach: Covid vaccine could be a 'wonderful Christmas voucher' for next year
# All I Want For Christmas
# All I Want For Christmas

Taoiseach: Covid vaccine could be a 'wonderful Christmas voucher' for next year

Nov 20th 2020, 8:26 PM 56,469 Views 69 Comments

Micheál Martin told Virgin Media that the Covid-19 vaccine “gives us hope, and enables us to say, ‘let’s double down’.”

# taoiseach - Wednesday 18 November, 2020

Taoiseach told blocking questions to justice minister on Woulfe appointment 'stinks to the highest heavens'
# Supreme Court
# Supreme Court

Taoiseach told blocking questions to justice minister on Woulfe appointment 'stinks to the highest heavens'

Nov 18th 2020, 1:24 PM 25,636 Views 57 Comments

Micheal Martin rejected allegations of “horse trading” in relation to the appointed of the Attorney General.

# taoiseach - Tuesday 17 November, 2020

Health minister says large crowds drinking alcohol outside has 'taken off at scale' the last number of days
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Health minister says large crowds drinking alcohol outside has 'taken off at scale' the last number of days

Updated Nov 17th 2020, 6:00 PM 69,419 Views 127 Comments

Cabinet abandoned plans to introduce fines for drinking takeaway pints outside today.

Government's Covid plan could be 'tweaked' to allow arts and entertainment venues open safely, says minister
# Attendance Numbers
# Attendance Numbers

Government's Covid plan could be 'tweaked' to allow arts and entertainment venues open safely, says minister

Nov 17th 2020, 4:45 PM 12,608 Views 5 Comments

An arts task force says the Living with Covid plan requires an urgent review.

# taoiseach - Friday 13 November, 2020

No consensus among party leaders after meeting on Seamus Woulfe controversy
# Supreme Court
# Supreme Court

No consensus among party leaders after meeting on Seamus Woulfe controversy

Updated Nov 13th 2020, 5:00 PM 48,470 Views 95 Comments

Politicians have been warned about publicly commenting on the controversy.

Coronavirus vaccine should be available to Irish public by mid-2021, Martin says
# SARS-CoV-2
# SARS-CoV-2

Coronavirus vaccine should be available to Irish public by mid-2021, Martin says

Nov 13th 2020, 3:37 PM 58,085 Views 124 Comments

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said it would be available to priority groups before then.

Taoiseach says DUP was 'wrong' to use cross-community veto on public health measures
# Dr Tom Black
# Dr Tom Black

Taoiseach says DUP was 'wrong' to use cross-community veto on public health measures

Updated Nov 13th 2020, 2:00 PM 37,876 Views 36 Comments

The DUP had disagreed with other parties in the Stormont Executive on continuing the Covid-19 restrictions after today.

Taoiseach: Advice on travelling home from abroad for Christmas will be given at end of November
# Micheál Martin
# Micheál Martin

Taoiseach: Advice on travelling home from abroad for Christmas will be given at end of November

Nov 13th 2020, 1:26 PM 27,581 Views 83 Comments

The Fianna Fáil leader was speaking on the News at One this lunchtime.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 11 November, 2020

Level 3 is December target but government could 'moderate' restrictions for certain sectors, says Taoiseach
# Level 3
# Level 3

Level 3 is December target but government could 'moderate' restrictions for certain sectors, says Taoiseach

Nov 11th 2020, 4:40 PM 64,342 Views 111 Comments

Micheal Martin said he would give advanced notice to businesses ahead of December.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 4 November, 2020

US has always managed its elections in a 'peaceful and democratic way', says Taoiseach
# US Election
# US Election

US has always managed its elections in a 'peaceful and democratic way', says Taoiseach

Nov 4th 2020, 3:18 PM 11,772 Views 27 Comments

Whoever wins, the Taoiseach plans to meet them next St Patrick’s Day in Washington DC.

# taoiseach - Friday 30 October, 2020

Taoiseach not anticipating 'obstacles or barriers' to publishing Mother and Baby Home report
# Commission Of Investigation
# Commission Of Investigation

Taoiseach not anticipating 'obstacles or barriers' to publishing Mother and Baby Home report

Oct 30th 2020, 5:02 PM 14,596 Views 13 Comments

The Taoiseach met with survivor and advocacy groups this morning.

# taoiseach - Thursday 29 October, 2020

Taoiseach says it is 'far too early to say what type of Christmas we will be having'
# Travel
# Travel

Taoiseach says it is 'far too early to say what type of Christmas we will be having'

Oct 29th 2020, 4:58 PM 37,362 Views 60 Comments

Government aims to have travel traffic light system up and running by 8 November.

Taoiseach says he's determined to have Mother and Baby Homes report published 'as quickly as possible'
# COMMISSION REPORT
# COMMISSION REPORT

Taoiseach says he's determined to have Mother and Baby Homes report published 'as quickly as possible'

Oct 29th 2020, 3:17 PM 17,344 Views 33 Comments

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman is due to receive the report tomorrow.

# taoiseach - Tuesday 20 October, 2020

Pubs and restaurants face Christmas uncertainty due to restrictions
# Christmas Drinks
# Christmas Drinks

Pubs and restaurants face Christmas uncertainty due to restrictions

Oct 20th 2020, 5:46 PM 32,491 Views 69 Comments

Once the six-week lockdown is over, it is envisaged that the country will remain at Level 3 until the New Year.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 14 October, 2020

Taoiseach: 'It is time to go back to remote working. We know it works'
# Work From Home
# Work From Home

Taoiseach: 'It is time to go back to remote working. We know it works'

Oct 14th 2020, 11:12 PM 82,739 Views 121 Comments

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said there has been a slow creep back to the offices.

New restrictions: No visits to households allowed from tomorrow night, except for essential reasons
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

New restrictions: No visits to households allowed from tomorrow night, except for essential reasons

Updated Oct 14th 2020, 10:20 PM 493,301 Views 397 Comments

Exemptions will be made on compassionate grounds and for essential reasons like childcare.

# taoiseach - Thursday 8 October, 2020

European Council President Charles Michel to meet Taoiseach in Dublin
# Micheál Martin
# Micheál Martin

European Council President Charles Michel to meet Taoiseach in Dublin

Oct 8th 2020, 6:45 AM 10,199 Views 2 Comments

Michel’s visit today comes ahead of a European Council meeting next week.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 7 October, 2020

Level 3 enforcement: Taoiseach declines to give timeline on when fines could be introduced but says options will be discussed this week
# Level 3
# Level 3

Level 3 enforcement: Taoiseach declines to give timeline on when fines could be introduced but says options will be discussed this week

Updated Oct 7th 2020, 5:30 PM 76,189 Views 119 Comments

The Covid sub-committee met this morning to discuss enforcement of Level 3 restrictions.