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#Micheál Martin

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Phased lifting of Level 5: Inter-county travel could open up a few days before Christmas
# Cabinet Meeting
# Cabinet Meeting

Phased lifting of Level 5: Inter-county travel could open up a few days before Christmas

Updated Nov 24th 2020, 5:33 PM 106,771 Views 95 Comments

Shops, gyms, and hairdressers are due to open up next week.

Lockdown lifting announcement due on Friday, but won't clash with the Late Late Toy Show
# Leaving Lockdown
# Leaving Lockdown

Lockdown lifting announcement due on Friday, but won't clash with the Late Late Toy Show

Nov 24th 2020, 12:05 AM 60,236 Views 82 Comments

Cabinet will meet today to discuss the government’s exit plan.

# micheal-martin - Monday 23 November, 2020

Government to consider international data and effect of visitor restrictions as it plots exit from Level 5
# Levelling Down
# Levelling Down

Government to consider international data and effect of visitor restrictions as it plots exit from Level 5

Updated Nov 23rd 2020, 3:13 PM 76,113 Views 79 Comments

The Taoiseach has said that “no decisions have been made as yet” as to exactly what restrictions will follow Level 5.

'All hands on deck': Strategy for roll-out of Covid vaccine to be given to government by 11 December
# Vaccine Taskforce
# Vaccine Taskforce

'All hands on deck': Strategy for roll-out of Covid vaccine to be given to government by 11 December

Nov 23rd 2020, 1:38 PM 37,037 Views 83 Comments

The taskforce will today discuss what groups should get the vaccine first, and the plan for vaccinating healthcare workers.

# micheal-martin - 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 56,374 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’.”

German reunification a 'useful example' of how planned Irish reunification could work, says Sinn Féin
# United Ireland
# United Ireland

German reunification a 'useful example' of how planned Irish reunification could work, says Sinn Féin

Nov 20th 2020, 4:33 PM 25,270 Views 106 Comments

Sinn Féin has launched a document on why there are economic benefits to a united Ireland.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 18 November, 2020

Health Minister: 'If you do need to travel home for Christmas - follow traffic light rules'
# Testing
# Testing

Health Minister: 'If you do need to travel home for Christmas - follow traffic light rules'

Updated Nov 18th 2020, 5:26 PM 47,411 Views 34 Comments

The Taoiseach says Irish public health experts are “not converts” to antigen testing.

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 25,596 Views 57 Comments

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

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 17 November, 2020

Decision on what restrictions will be in place in December to be made next week by Cabinet
# Level 5
# Level 5

Decision on what restrictions will be in place in December to be made next week by Cabinet

Nov 17th 2020, 7:23 PM 42,622 Views 57 Comments

Level 5 restrictions are due to end on 1 December.

# micheal-martin - Monday 16 November, 2020

Taoiseach says 'takeaway pints phenomenon' to be reviewed and could be stopped
# Street Drinking
# Street Drinking

Taoiseach says 'takeaway pints phenomenon' to be reviewed and could be stopped

Nov 16th 2020, 1:04 PM 84,455 Views 118 Comments

Micheál Martin said the government will ‘look very seriously’ at stopping the practice.

# micheal-martin - 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 48,416 Views 95 Comments

Politicians have been warned about publicly commenting on the controversy.

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 27,512 Views 83 Comments

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

'We must see this through': Taoiseach urges people to keep adhering to Level 5 restrictions
# Halfway Point
# Halfway Point

'We must see this through': Taoiseach urges people to keep adhering to Level 5 restrictions

Nov 13th 2020, 7:36 AM 21,018 Views 72 Comments

The Taoiseach issued a statement today marking the mid-way point of Level 5 restrictions currently in place.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 12 November, 2020

Taoiseach says no Brexit deal would be 'ruinous' for UK as Downing Street says 'time is in short supply'
# Brexit
# Brexit

Taoiseach says no Brexit deal would be 'ruinous' for UK as Downing Street says 'time is in short supply'

Updated Nov 12th 2020, 4:48 PM 21,716 Views 24 Comments

The EU wants a deal by mid-November ahead of the end of the transition period.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 11 November, 2020

High-level taskforce created to oversee Covid-19 vaccine roll out in Ireland
# Vaccine
# Vaccine

High-level taskforce created to oversee Covid-19 vaccine roll out in Ireland

Nov 11th 2020, 3:49 PM 28,799 Views 54 Comments

People who are most vulnerable to Covid-19 will be the immediate priority of government.

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 10 November, 2020

Taoiseach speaks to US President Elect Joe Biden and invites him 'to come back to Ireland'
# US Election
# US Election

Taoiseach speaks to US President Elect Joe Biden and invites him 'to come back to Ireland'

Nov 10th 2020, 6:03 PM 25,948 Views 64 Comments

Micheál Martin says he is keen to make the trip to the White House for St Patrick’s Day.

# micheal-martin - Sunday 8 November, 2020

Taoiseach lays wreath in Enniskillen Remembrance Day service
# Poppy Day
# Poppy Day

Taoiseach lays wreath in Enniskillen Remembrance Day service

Nov 8th 2020, 1:12 PM 24,559 Views 63 Comments

Taoiseach Micheál Martin joined Northern Irish First Minister Arlene Foster at the event.

# micheal-martin - Saturday 7 November, 2020

Irish leaders congratulate Joe Biden on presidential win
# ONTO A WINNER
# ONTO A WINNER

Irish leaders congratulate Joe Biden on presidential win

Nov 7th 2020, 5:50 PM 40,252 Views 44 Comments

Biden will be the 46th president of the US having secured the state of Pennsylvania.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 5 November, 2020

MacSharry says Taoiseach should not get 'overly defensive' about criticisms made towards him
# Fianna Fáil
# Fianna Fáil

MacSharry says Taoiseach should not get 'overly defensive' about criticisms made towards him

Nov 5th 2020, 1:23 PM 17,738 Views 27 Comments

MacSharry says FF has lost sight of its principes.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 4 November, 2020

Varadkar warns party members to be careful who they think their friends are, says Biden will be good for Ireland
# PP MEETINGS
# PP MEETINGS

Varadkar warns party members to be careful who they think their friends are, says Biden will be good for Ireland

Nov 4th 2020, 6:33 PM 47,177 Views 65 Comments

The Tánaiste said tonight the controversy was ‘a mess of my making’.

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 11,753 Views 27 Comments

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

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 3 November, 2020

'You have been failed': Taoiseach apologises to terminally ill woman over missed cervical cancer diagnosis
# Patricia Carrick
# Patricia Carrick

'You have been failed': Taoiseach apologises to terminally ill woman over missed cervical cancer diagnosis

Nov 3rd 2020, 4:13 PM 23,509 Views 23 Comments

Martin said he hoped the apology offered today will bring the family some small solace.

Varadkar leak controversy: Tánaiste to face Dáil grilling from opposition parties this afternoon
# Under Pressure
# Under Pressure

Varadkar leak controversy: Tánaiste to face Dáil grilling from opposition parties this afternoon

Nov 3rd 2020, 12:05 AM 26,776 Views 170 Comments

The Fine Gael leader is facing growing pressure to explain his actions.

# micheal-martin - Monday 2 November, 2020

Taoiseach says he has confidence in Leo Varadkar, says no laws were broken
# Not Best Practice
# Not Best Practice

Taoiseach says he has confidence in Leo Varadkar, says no laws were broken

Updated Nov 2nd 2020, 1:44 PM 31,300 Views 0 Comments

The Taoiseach said it was not best practice and was inappropriate to share a document of this kind in that way with the NAGP.

Pfizer 'cautiously optimistic' about getting vaccine approval by the end of November
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Pfizer 'cautiously optimistic' about getting vaccine approval by the end of November

Nov 2nd 2020, 1:14 PM 48,085 Views 70 Comments

Any circulation of the vaccine in 2020 “will be very, very minimal”, says Dr Paul Duffy, Vice President of Pfizer Global Supply.

# micheal-martin - Sunday 1 November, 2020

Confrontation with NPHET foreseen as government presses ahead with EU travel plan
# Traffic Light Travel Plan
# Traffic Light Travel Plan

Confrontation with NPHET foreseen as government presses ahead with EU travel plan

Nov 1st 2020, 6:30 AM 46,817 Views 38 Comments

Government sources have said Ireland has already agreed to be part of the new EU programme that will open up travel.

# micheal-martin - Saturday 31 October, 2020

Varadkar under pressure to take questions in Dáil about sharing of draft GP contract
# Tánaiste
# Tánaiste

Varadkar under pressure to take questions in Dáil about sharing of draft GP contract

Oct 31st 2020, 7:54 PM 36,880 Views 0 Comments

The Green Party is calling on the Tánaiste to take questions in the Dáil.

# micheal-martin - 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 14,555 Views 11 Comments

The Taoiseach met with survivor and advocacy groups this morning.

# micheal-martin - 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 37,340 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 17,320 Views 33 Comments

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

Taoiseach 'doesn't detect' that teachers want to 'go down the route' of industrial action
# ASTI
# ASTI

Taoiseach 'doesn't detect' that teachers want to 'go down the route' of industrial action

Oct 29th 2020, 2:32 PM 15,531 Views 43 Comments

The ASTI voted to authorise strike action if a number of issues are not addressed.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 22 October, 2020

Taoiseach promises to scope out viability of high-speed cross border rail links
# Shared Island Initiative
# Shared Island Initiative

Taoiseach promises to scope out viability of high-speed cross border rail links

Oct 22nd 2020, 4:25 PM 14,451 Views 25 Comments

Martin said a border poll is not on the agenda for his Government in the next five years.

Taoiseach says people traveling beyond 5km limit with a reasonable excuse should have no fear about facing fines
# Level 5
# Level 5

Taoiseach says people traveling beyond 5km limit with a reasonable excuse should have no fear about facing fines

Oct 22nd 2020, 3:53 PM 78,682 Views 62 Comments

There are about 25 reasons listed that allow people to travel beyond their 5km limit.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 21 October, 2020

Why is Ireland choosing a 'seesaw' approach to tackling Covid-19?
# Lockdown
# Lockdown

Why is Ireland choosing a 'seesaw' approach to tackling Covid-19?

Oct 21st 2020, 12:05 AM 45,902 Views 92 Comments

The Taoiseach said certain approaches, such as ‘Zero Covid’ or herd immunity, are not realistic for Ireland.

# micheal-martin - 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 32,460 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.

Level 5: Taoiseach outlines R0 target and says 'reward is to get the shops open'
# Return To Lockdown
# Return To Lockdown

Level 5: Taoiseach outlines R0 target and says 'reward is to get the shops open'

Oct 20th 2020, 3:46 PM 33,611 Views 66 Comments

Michéal Martin says the aim is to “get the R number consistently below 1″.

# micheal-martin - Monday 19 October, 2020

Explainer: Here are the new Covid-19 restrictions coming into effect
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Explainer: Here are the new Covid-19 restrictions coming into effect

Oct 19th 2020, 10:18 PM 110,390 Views 97 Comments

Cabinet signed off on the measures earlier today.

# micheal-martin - Saturday 17 October, 2020

The Taoiseach says we 'weren't ready' for Level 5 two weeks ago, the question is are we now?
# Decision Time
# Decision Time

The Taoiseach says we 'weren't ready' for Level 5 two weeks ago, the question is are we now?

Oct 17th 2020, 12:04 AM 113,183 Views 145 Comments

Michael Martin will meet Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan about that very question later today.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 15 October, 2020

EU leaders demand Britain budge on post-Brexit deal as UK 'disappointed' at summit conclusion
# Brussels
# Brussels

EU leaders demand Britain budge on post-Brexit deal as UK 'disappointed' at summit conclusion

Updated Oct 15th 2020, 7:54 PM 26,720 Views 45 Comments

EU leaders met today in Brussels for a two-day summit.

# micheal-martin - Monday 12 October, 2020

Principle or pragmatism: Ambiguity surrounds the Shared Island Unit, months after launch
# United Ireland
# United Ireland

Principle or pragmatism: Ambiguity surrounds the Shared Island Unit, months after launch

Oct 12th 2020, 12:05 AM 25,154 Views 36 Comments

Patience is running out among some supporters of Irish unity, namely Sinn Féin.