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# micheal-martin - Monday 22 February, 2021

Level 5 restrictions to remain in place until at least 5 April, Cabinet sub-committee agrees
# Easing Lockdown
# Easing Lockdown

Level 5 restrictions to remain in place until at least 5 April, Cabinet sub-committee agrees

Updated Feb 22nd 2021, 11:01 PM 226,787 Views 191 Comments

The government is expected to publish its updated Living with Covid plan this week.

Taoiseach says there are 'benefits and opportunities' to NI Protocol as unionists launch legal action against it
# These Islands
# These Islands

Taoiseach says there are 'benefits and opportunities' to NI Protocol as unionists launch legal action against it

Feb 22nd 2021, 12:29 PM 19,426 Views 21 Comments
  • Martin welcomed efforts by the UK and EU to find a solution
  • The legal action claims the protocol breaches the Act of Union and the Good Friday Agreement
  • Virtual debate at Westminster on the protocol later today

# micheal-martin - Saturday 20 February, 2021

Pubs and restaurants unlikely to open before the middle of summer, says Taoiseach
# Reopening Plans
# Reopening Plans

Pubs and restaurants unlikely to open before the middle of summer, says Taoiseach

Updated Feb 20th 2021, 2:20 PM 166,798 Views 273 Comments

The Taoiseach said that the reopening of society is likely to be slow.

Catholic Church leaders urge Taoiseach and government to allow Easter celebrations
# Archbishop Eamon Martin
# Archbishop Eamon Martin

Catholic Church leaders urge Taoiseach and government to allow Easter celebrations

Feb 20th 2021, 11:20 AM 49,020 Views 219 Comments

Archbishop Eamon Martin also urged Ministers to allow more people to attend funerals of loved ones during the pandemic.

# micheal-martin - Friday 19 February, 2021

Ulster Bank exit is 'not good news for Ireland', says Taoiseach
# The Banks
# The Banks

Ulster Bank exit is 'not good news for Ireland', says Taoiseach

Feb 19th 2021, 4:11 PM 18,863 Views 45 Comments

The Government’s priority is to protect the 2,800 workers affected by the decision, Micheál Martin said.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 18 February, 2021

Cabinet sub-committee gives green light for phased reopening of schools in March and April
# Back To School
# Back To School

Cabinet sub-committee gives green light for phased reopening of schools in March and April

Updated Feb 18th 2021, 7:45 PM 87,948 Views 69 Comments

It’s understood it’s likely there will be little easing of restrictions until May.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 17 February, 2021

Taoiseach says junior and senior infants are likely to return to school from 1 March
# School Reopening
# School Reopening

Taoiseach says junior and senior infants are likely to return to school from 1 March

Feb 17th 2021, 9:55 PM 74,356 Views 54 Comments

The Taoiseach made the remarks at a Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meeting.

# micheal-martin - Friday 12 February, 2021

Taoiseach Micheál Martin will not be heading to Washington for St Patrick's Day
# BEGORRAH
# BEGORRAH

Taoiseach Micheál Martin will not be heading to Washington for St Patrick's Day

Feb 12th 2021, 5:46 PM 110,898 Views 237 Comments

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that this year’s meeting will not take place.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 10 February, 2021

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 41,465 Views 174 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 27,437 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.

# micheal-martin - Monday 8 February, 2021

'I put an 11-week-old fetus into a little coffin': Student nurses to the Taoiseach in their own words
# Student Nurses
# Student Nurses

'I put an 11-week-old fetus into a little coffin': Student nurses to the Taoiseach in their own words

Feb 8th 2021, 12:05 AM 59,662 Views 37 Comments

A number of nurses contacted Micheál Martin following a Dáil debate over pay in December

# micheal-martin - 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 28,102 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.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 4 February, 2021

Should he stay or should he go? Micheál Martin and the trip to the White House
# Start Spreading The News
# Start Spreading The News

Should he stay or should he go? Micheál Martin and the trip to the White House

Feb 4th 2021, 8:16 PM 50,003 Views 144 Comments

The official line is that nothing has been decided yet.

# micheal-martin - Monday 1 February, 2021

Leaving Cert plans could be revealed as early as tomorrow as various options being explored
# Education
# Education

Leaving Cert plans could be revealed as early as tomorrow as various options being explored

Updated Feb 1st 2021, 1:55 PM 27,159 Views 58 Comments

Schools have remained closed since the Christmas break.

# micheal-martin - Sunday 31 January, 2021

Taoiseach still has faith in Commission despite Article 16 move but says 'mistakes were made'
# Vaccines
# Vaccines

Taoiseach still has faith in Commission despite Article 16 move but says 'mistakes were made'

Updated Jan 31st 2021, 2:03 PM 33,614 Views 89 Comments

Politicians across Ireland and the UK were left blindsided by the move by the EU over concerns about the supply of Covid vaccines.

'Adding insult to injury': Anger over mother and baby home recordings being destroyed
# Commission
# Commission

'Adding insult to injury': Anger over mother and baby home recordings being destroyed

Updated Jan 31st 2021, 1:58 PM 26,197 Views 38 Comments

Survivors say they were not informed their testimony would be destroyed.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 27 January, 2021

Taoiseach: Almost half of passengers who arrived at Dublin Airport yesterday had been on holiday
# Travel
# Travel

Taoiseach: Almost half of passengers who arrived at Dublin Airport yesterday had been on holiday

Jan 27th 2021, 9:40 PM 155,894 Views 151 Comments

Micheál Martin said 397 people arriving at the airport yesterday were returning from holiday.

'Prolonged suppression of the virus' is the government's goal, says Taoiseach
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

'Prolonged suppression of the virus' is the government's goal, says Taoiseach

Jan 27th 2021, 1:40 PM 16,438 Views 40 Comments

Speaking in Leaders’ Questions, he said “there will be no half-measures from me, as Taoiseach, or from Government”.

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 26 January, 2021

Taoiseach: 'Zero-Covid strategy is not possible or sustainable'
# Non-runner
# Non-runner

Taoiseach: 'Zero-Covid strategy is not possible or sustainable'

Jan 26th 2021, 7:57 PM 32,594 Views 92 Comments

NPHET does not recommend such a strategy, says Micheál Martin.

A lockdown extension and new travel rules - Here are the main points you need to know
# Covid19
# Covid19

A lockdown extension and new travel rules - Here are the main points you need to know

Jan 26th 2021, 7:30 PM 60,236 Views 64 Comments

Level 5 is with us until at least 5 March.

Travellers into Ireland to be subject to mandatory quarantine at home or in a hotel, government says
# Level 5
# Level 5

Travellers into Ireland to be subject to mandatory quarantine at home or in a hotel, government says

Updated Jan 26th 2021, 6:16 PM 58,878 Views 76 Comments

Micheál Martin announced the extended measures this afternoon.

# micheal-martin - Monday 25 January, 2021

Arlene Foster speaks to Micheál Martin about his 'wholly incorrect' comments on NI testing for UK variant
# Variant B117
# Variant B117

Arlene Foster speaks to Micheál Martin about his 'wholly incorrect' comments on NI testing for UK variant

Updated Jan 25th 2021, 2:39 PM 70,280 Views 46 Comments

The Taoiseach had stated over the weekend that “the north isn’t testing for the variant”.

# micheal-martin - Saturday 23 January, 2021

Taoiseach says there will be restrictions for six months, schools may not reopen until March
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Taoiseach says there will be restrictions for six months, schools may not reopen until March

Updated Jan 23rd 2021, 2:55 PM 220,847 Views 227 Comments

Micheál Martin said he is concerned about the UK strain of the virus, and vaccine delivery delays.

# micheal-martin - Friday 22 January, 2021

Taoiseach hints at school closures beyond 1 February and says 'focus' is on special needs education
# Level 5
# Level 5

Taoiseach hints at school closures beyond 1 February and says 'focus' is on special needs education

Jan 22nd 2021, 6:44 PM 41,100 Views 88 Comments

Micheál Martin says the issue will be discussed by the Cabinet sub-committee on Monday.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 21 January, 2021

Taoiseach says restrictions will likely continue 'well into' February and possibly beyond
# Level 5
# Level 5

Taoiseach says restrictions will likely continue 'well into' February and possibly beyond

Jan 21st 2021, 9:43 AM 89,437 Views 226 Comments
  • Micheál Martin said Covid-19 transmission rates are too high to ease restrictions
  • Schools and construction are "essential" and will be examined separately to other sectors
  • Yesterday 61 more deaths and 2,488 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Ireland

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 20 January, 2021

St Patrick's Festival Dublin parade officially cancelled for second year as organisers move online
# St Patrick's Day
# St Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Festival Dublin parade officially cancelled for second year as organisers move online

Jan 20th 2021, 12:30 PM 8,390 Views 23 Comments

Micheál Martin said previously that there won’t be enough people vaccinated to allow the festivities to go ahead.

# micheal-martin - 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 57,748 Views 117 Comments

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

# micheal-martin - 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 18,070 Views 57 Comments

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

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 13 January, 2021

'The shame was not theirs – it was ours': Full text of Taoiseach's apology to mother and baby home survivors
# Church And State
# Church And State

'The shame was not theirs – it was ours': Full text of Taoiseach's apology to mother and baby home survivors

Jan 13th 2021, 2:10 PM 12,895 Views 56 Comments

It comes following a five-year investigation by the Mother and Baby Homes Commission.

'I apologise for the profound generational wrong': Taoiseach gives landmark apology to survivors of mother and baby homes
# State Apology
# State Apology

'I apologise for the profound generational wrong': Taoiseach gives landmark apology to survivors of mother and baby homes

Jan 13th 2021, 1:39 PM 27,476 Views 70 Comments
  • The full report from the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation was released yesterday.
  • The Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Children's Minister issued statements.
  • "The State failed you, the mothers and children in these homes," Micheál Martin said.

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 12 January, 2021

Government to investigate leaking of details of Mother and Baby Homes report

Government to investigate leaking of details of Mother and Baby Homes report

Jan 12th 2021, 7:12 PM 13,183 Views 38 Comments

The State’s most senior civil servant is to head up an inquiry into the leaking of Government information.

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 34,152 Views 112 Comments

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

Mother and baby homes: Cases of underage pregnant girls were not referred to Gardaí

Mother and baby homes: Cases of underage pregnant girls were not referred to Gardaí

Jan 12th 2021, 6:33 PM 25,870 Views 16 Comments

The Regina Coeli hostel noted in 1933 in relation to one woman who fell pregnant: “A TD is responsible for her trouble”.

'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 9,074 Views 17 Comments

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

# micheal-martin - Monday 11 January, 2021

Varadkar supports investigation into 'disrespectful' leak of mother and baby home information
# Burials
# Burials

Varadkar supports investigation into 'disrespectful' leak of mother and baby home information

Jan 11th 2021, 10:19 AM 27,488 Views 62 Comments

“I think it was very disrespectful the fact that elements of it were leaked and appeared in a Sunday paper,” the Tánaiste said.

# micheal-martin - Sunday 10 January, 2021

O'Gorman to seek investigation into leaking of Mother and Baby Home report
# Minister For Children
# Minister For Children

O'Gorman to seek investigation into leaking of Mother and Baby Home report

Updated Jan 10th 2021, 5:02 PM 67,863 Views 80 Comments
  • Survivors said they were hurt and angry, but "not surprised" by the leak to a newspaper
  • Opposition TDs have decried "shocking" "insensitive" media leak
  • The Minister for Children is seeking an investigation into how details became public

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 6 January, 2021

'Forget about takeaway pints': Taoiseach hits out at selling drink on streets – but no ban
# Take Away Takeaway
# Take Away Takeaway

'Forget about takeaway pints': Taoiseach hits out at selling drink on streets – but no ban

Jan 6th 2021, 6:03 PM 80,472 Views 75 Comments

Licensing laws do not prohibit takeaway alcohol being sold.

Level 5: Details of new restrictions confirmed for schools, creches, construction, travel and retail
# Lockdown 3
# Lockdown 3

Level 5: Details of new restrictions confirmed for schools, creches, construction, travel and retail

Updated Jan 6th 2021, 5:04 PM 184,316 Views 186 Comments
  • Schools closed until 1 February.
  • Non-essential construction will cease for the rest of January.
  • Click-and-collect from non-essential retail no longer allowed.
  • From midnight Friday, passengers from the UK to have proof of recent negative PCR test.

# micheal-martin - Sunday 3 January, 2021

Poll: Should Micheál Martin lead Fianna Fáil into the next general election?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should Micheál Martin lead Fianna Fáil into the next general election?

Jan 3rd 2021, 10:00 AM 71,357 Views 149 Comments

Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen says Martin should step down as party leader.

# micheal-martin - 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 45,712 Views 65 Comments

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