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Saturday 3 June 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Taoiseach

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# Climate Change
'Every second of delay makes our task that bit bigger': Taoiseach delivers Irish COP26 address
The Taoiseach spoke this afternoon at the UN climate summit in Glasgow.
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."
COP26: World leaders sign up to multibillion-dollar pledge to end deforestation by 2030
'Cautiously optimistic': Are Irish people going to COP26 feeling hopeful about the summit?
# children and covid
Taoiseach: No return to widespread contact tracing in school settings
But Micheál Martin said that NPHET or the HSE may pilot antigen testing in some settings off the back of ECDC advice.
# growing concern
Taoiseach: Up to 150 people with Covid could be in ICU by the end of November
Micheál Martin also said he believed there could be an annual Covid vaccine in the future.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Did the Taoiseach say that he was in favour of reducing the national herd?
The Taoiseach challenged a TD to produce a quote where he said he was in favour of a reduction of the herd.
# Garda Intelligence
Taoiseach calls for garda review of security for Irish politicians after David Amess killing
Micheál Martin said he has been “roared and screamed at” while walking down the street.
# tributes
Dáil observes moment of silence in memory of MP David Amess
Amess was stabbed to death while meeting constituents last week.
# Decision time
Government advised that Covid certs, masks and social distancing should remain beyond Friday
Cabinet is set to meet today to discuss which Covid-19 measures can be lifted this Friday.
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.
HSE's Dr Colm Henry: 'We’re heading into a difficult winter, there’s no doubt about that'
Government position 'hasn't changed' despite Ronan Glynn's call for home working 'where possible'
# budget 2022
'Are you joking?' - Taoiseach denies Budget is attempt to woo young voters away from Sinn Féin
The recent Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll shows that support for Sinn Féin remains strongest among younger voters.
# 22 october
Taoiseach: Country 'on track' to see final Covid restrictions lifted in fortnight's time
An Taoiseach also said that an expanded Covid booster jab programme is also set to be discussed.
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.
Ireland is coming 'close to suppressing' Covid-19, Philip Nolan says
Nightclubs seeking guarantee they'll be at 100% capacity for the big reopening
# Scandalous
Tetchy exchange as Taoiseach told he should be 'ashamed' only 8 affordable homes ready
The Sinn Féin leader said it was “scandalous” that such a low number will be delivered in 2021.
# children's health
Plan to tackle healthcare waiting lists to be announced shortly, says Taoiseach
There are more than 100,000 children on waiting lists for treatment, assessment and diagnostic tests.
# energy grid
Government to oppose proposal to ban data centres in Ireland
The Taoiseach has said banning data centres is ‘too crude a measure’.
# Metrolink
Taoiseach says 2034 is a 'realistic assessment' of when MetroLink will be delivered
The Taoiseach says it is ‘wrong’ to say the project has not been delayed.
# Covid-19
Taoiseach: 'No issue vaccinating young children, but we must ask if vaccines need to go to others'
Martin said we have to ‘up the level of vaccination in less developed regions’.
# New York
Taoiseach to chair UN Security Council debate in New York today
This is the first time a Taoiseach has chaired the UN Security Council.
# Mica Scandal
'Talk is cheap': Irish-Americans confront Taoiseach in New York on mica scandal
Micheál Martin sat down with two Irish-Americans who confronted him on the mica issue.
# New York
Government to do what is 'right and proper' with bonus for frontline workers, says Taoiseach
Micheál Martin said an announcement on the bonus will be made ‘shortly’.
# New York
Vietnam asks Taoiseach for assistance in sourcing Covid-19 vaccines
The Taoiseach held a number of bilateral meetings at the UN in New York today.
# New York
Taoiseach and NY governor welcome lifting of US travel ban
The White House announced the change in the current travel ban into the US today.
# New York
Taoiseach in NYC: 'High-level week' begins as Martin meets new state Governor today
The Taoiseach travelled to New York yesterday to begin a series of UN events.
# New York New York
The Taoiseach is heading to NYC for a busy schedule of UN events (and will also drop by 30 Rock)
The Taoiseach will chair a meeting of the UN Security Council on Thursday.
# Resignation
Marc MacSharry says the Fianna Fáil party is now a 'one man show'
The Sligo-Leitrim TD said his resignation was not a ‘a vanity project’.
# return to school
Schools to get 25,000 carbon dioxide monitors by the end of the week, says Taoiseach
A defect in thousands of monitors resulted in a delay in the roll out.
# Leaders' Questions
Taoiseach says he doesn't want to see students staying in hotels due to lack of accommodation
The Taoiseach said a “close eye” will be kept on colleges and what they charge in for rent.
# Simon Coveney
'There can be no doubt about how appointments are made': Taoiseach reacts to Coveney's apology
Coveney was grilled further on the Zappone controversy before an Oireachtas Committee today.
# Looking Back
Taoiseach says 'evaluation' into handling of Covid-19 pandemic in Ireland will be carried out
However, he said it’s his “preference that we manage the pandemic first with all hands on deck”.
# nphet
Taoiseach declines to comment on rumours that NPHET is to be disbanded
It follows reports that the group will be wound up by October.
# Le Tour
'France will remain a faithful friend': Macron meets President Higgins on first official visit
The visit is part of the French President’s pledge to travel to the capitals of all 27 EU states.
# vaccine certs
Campaign of abuse against restaurants following the rules is 'reprehensible', says Taoiseach
Hospitality businesses following vaccine cert rules have been the victim of an online campaign.
# cautiously positive
Don't expect a 'Freedom Day' but Taoiseach says lifting restrictions in September will be discussed next month
Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan yesterday raised the possibility of further restrictions being lifted.
# Vaccine
Taoiseach makes appeal to young people: Get vaccinated and help defeat Covid-19
Currently everyone over the age of 18 can register for a vaccine.
# rollout
FactFind: Is Ireland leading the EU vaccine race?
A tweet by the Taoiseach lacked some context on exactly how well Ireland is performing.
# Delta Variant
'There will be a high volume of cases': Taoiseach says spread of Delta variant is 'serious'
Covid-19 cases rose sharply this week, particularly among young people.
# evening fix
Here's What Happened Today: Friday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
# Indoor dining
Government aims to reopen indoor hospitality on 26 July
‘There is a need for personal responsibility, we need to trust people as well,’ said Micheál Martin.
# Housing Crisis
Angry Dáil exchanges over housing ahead of Cabinet meeting on Summer Economic Statement
A row between government ministers took place over the housing spend in the statement this week.
# cuckoo funds
Dáil passes controversial amendment allowing cuckoo funds to avoid 10% stamp duty
The amendment passed despite Sinn Féin withdrawing from a pairing arrangement.
# Indoor dining
NPHET modelling 'didn't account for AstraZeneca and Janssen vaccines being made available to all age groups'
NPHET has recommended that only vaccinated people should be allowed to dine indoors or enjoy any indoor activity.
# Vaccines
Taoiseach says young people should be vaccinated ‘more quickly’ with AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson
The Taoiseach said it is positive that the Delta variant is not having the same impact on hospitalisations in Portugal as other variants.
# reopening
'We don't want to be going back' on any restrictions, Taoiseach says, ahead of 5 July decision
An interview with Micheál Martin aired on Virgin Media Television this evening.