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#Micheál Martin

# micheal-martin - Thursday 20 August, 2020

Martin confronted by teacher in Skibbereen over 'unsafe' plans for reopening schools
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Martin confronted by teacher in Skibbereen over 'unsafe' plans for reopening schools

Updated Aug 20th 2020, 5:22 PM 124,957 Views 215 Comments

The Taoiseach had earlier visited Nagle Community College in Cork.

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 18 August, 2020

Explainer: The biggest changes as the government tightens restrictions at 'critical moment'
# At A Glance
# At A Glance

Explainer: The biggest changes as the government tightens restrictions at 'critical moment'

Aug 18th 2020, 10:54 PM 97,760 Views 164 Comments

A whole range of significant measures were introduced today.

Weddings of 50 people still permitted indoors 'until further decision made'
# Weddings
# Weddings

Weddings of 50 people still permitted indoors 'until further decision made'

Aug 18th 2020, 8:19 PM 30,002 Views 18 Comments

The government this evening unveiled a range of fresh guidance on social gatherings and sport.

Decision on re-opening of 'wet pubs' still expected by end of August, Taoiseach confirms
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Decision on re-opening of 'wet pubs' still expected by end of August, Taoiseach confirms

Aug 18th 2020, 7:20 PM 39,604 Views 54 Comments

It comes despite new government guidance on Covid-19 lasting until 13 September.

Government advises over 70s to limit interactions, tells people to limit home visits to six people
# Public Health
# Public Health

Government advises over 70s to limit interactions, tells people to limit home visits to six people

Updated Aug 18th 2020, 6:34 PM 169,760 Views 282 Comments

Health officials have expressed concern at rising case numbers in recent weeks.

# micheal-martin - Sunday 16 August, 2020

Taoiseach expresses 'deep concerns' about significant rise in Covid-19 cases yesterday
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Taoiseach expresses 'deep concerns' about significant rise in Covid-19 cases yesterday

Aug 16th 2020, 4:55 PM 67,869 Views 109 Comments

His comments come after Ireland recorded 200 new cases on Saturday.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 13 August, 2020

Taoiseach has first face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

Taoiseach has first face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Updated Aug 13th 2020, 6:00 PM 30,704 Views 55 Comments

The two leaders are discussing management of Covid-19 and Brexit negotiations.

Micheál Martin set to meet Boris Johnson in the North this morning
# Meeting
# Meeting

Micheál Martin set to meet Boris Johnson in the North this morning

Aug 13th 2020, 6:00 AM 12,261 Views 15 Comments

Covid-19 will top the agenda.

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Taoiseach says weekly testing to begin at meat plants and direct provision centres
# Covid19
# Covid19

Taoiseach says weekly testing to begin at meat plants and direct provision centres

Aug 11th 2020, 5:27 PM 16,310 Views 64 Comments

Martin said serial testing at nursing homes will also continue to monitor the situation.

# micheal-martin - Friday 7 August, 2020

'We cannot afford to wait and see': Taoiseach calls for solidarity as first localised restrictions set to take effect
# Outbreaks
# Outbreaks

'We cannot afford to wait and see': Taoiseach calls for solidarity as first localised restrictions set to take effect

Aug 7th 2020, 6:27 PM 43,706 Views 68 Comments

The Taoiseach addressed the country after 6pm this evening.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 5 August, 2020

'Off the premises by 11': Concern closing pubs and restaurants early will result in house parties and cancelled staycations
# Time Please
# Time Please

'Off the premises by 11': Concern closing pubs and restaurants early will result in house parties and cancelled staycations

Aug 5th 2020, 6:00 AM 67,994 Views 68 Comments

It is understood that 11pm closure is not a hard rule for businesses.

# micheal-martin - Saturday 1 August, 2020

Gaffes, faux pas, blunders: Is there a Final Destination curse on this government?
# Bumpy Start
# Bumpy Start

Gaffes, faux pas, blunders: Is there a Final Destination curse on this government?

Aug 1st 2020, 6:30 AM 21,696 Views 53 Comments

Micheál Martin will be happy to see the back of these last few weeks.

# micheal-martin - Friday 31 July, 2020

Taoiseach says it's up to Green Party leader Eamon Ryan as to how he disciplines his own TDs
# Green Waves
# Green Waves

Taoiseach says it's up to Green Party leader Eamon Ryan as to how he disciplines his own TDs

Jul 31st 2020, 5:11 PM 19,944 Views 25 Comments

Eamon Ryan briefed his coalition partners about the sanction last night

Passenger locator form information could be shared between Dublin and Belfast governments
# Micheál Martin
# Micheál Martin

Passenger locator form information could be shared between Dublin and Belfast governments

Jul 31st 2020, 4:11 PM 11,941 Views 13 Comments

Co-operation on international travel was discussed at the North South Ministerial Council today.

Taoiseach doesn't agree with MacSharry's remarks about public servants using pandemic to watch box sets
# Backlash
# Backlash

Taoiseach doesn't agree with MacSharry's remarks about public servants using pandemic to watch box sets

Jul 31st 2020, 2:50 PM 17,997 Views 36 Comments

MacSharry acknowledged his comments will not be popular, but he stood over his words yesterday.

NPHET to attend North-South council meeting, as Taoiseach set to discuss travel restrictions
# Dublin Castle
# Dublin Castle

NPHET to attend North-South council meeting, as Taoiseach set to discuss travel restrictions

Jul 31st 2020, 5:55 AM 15,728 Views 15 Comments

The council, one of the bodies set up under the Belfast Agreement, will meet in Dublin today for the first time since 2016.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 30 July, 2020

'It's not popular, but needs to be said': MacSharry defends saying some civil servants using lockdown to watch box sets
# Public Service
# Public Service

'It's not popular, but needs to be said': MacSharry defends saying some civil servants using lockdown to watch box sets

Jul 30th 2020, 11:51 AM 76,408 Views 98 Comments

High-ranking civil servants have called for the comments to be withdrawn.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 29 July, 2020

Leo Varadkar intervened to ensure Simon Coveney kept State car
# Top Gear
# Top Gear

Leo Varadkar intervened to ensure Simon Coveney kept State car

Jul 29th 2020, 9:32 PM 46,545 Views 65 Comments

Labour leader Alan Kelly attacked the government over the issue in the Dáil today.

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 28 July, 2020

'Not the optimal approach': Taoiseach spoke to CMO about attendee number restrictions at sporting events
# GAA
# GAA

'Not the optimal approach': Taoiseach spoke to CMO about attendee number restrictions at sporting events

Jul 28th 2020, 6:34 PM 30,083 Views 30 Comments

A maximum gathering of 200 persons is permitted in the 26 counties.

Micheál Martin to be paid more as Taoiseach than Varadkar was after 'pay cut'
# Pay Day
# Pay Day

Micheál Martin to be paid more as Taoiseach than Varadkar was after 'pay cut'

Jul 28th 2020, 11:36 AM 41,653 Views 107 Comments

Martin will be paid almost €1,500 more than Varadkar was in the last government, despite a 10% cut to the official level of pay.

# micheal-martin - Monday 27 July, 2020

On the pandemic unemployment payment? The Taoiseach says you should be seeking work
# Alternative Work
# Alternative Work

On the pandemic unemployment payment? The Taoiseach says you should be seeking work

Jul 27th 2020, 8:06 PM 35,822 Views 112 Comments

If people can seek alternative work, they should seek it, says Micheál Martin.

# micheal-martin - Friday 24 July, 2020

'Clarity takes time': Education Minister responds to criticism over schools plan
# Back To School
# Back To School

'Clarity takes time': Education Minister responds to criticism over schools plan

Jul 24th 2020, 1:19 PM 23,096 Views 44 Comments

A plan for the full reopening of schools will be revealed on Monday.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 23 July, 2020

Barry Cowen ministerial sacking was 'particularly personally difficult', Micheál Martin says
# Barry Cowen
# Barry Cowen

Barry Cowen ministerial sacking was 'particularly personally difficult', Micheál Martin says

Jul 23rd 2020, 10:55 PM 23,114 Views 42 Comments

Barry Cowen was sacked from his role as Minister for Agriculture by Martin last week.

What's in it for me? — Everything you need to know about the government's July stimulus package
# July Stimulus
# July Stimulus

What's in it for me? — Everything you need to know about the government's July stimulus package

Jul 23rd 2020, 8:05 PM 59,164 Views 37 Comments

There were few surprises in today’s announcement.

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 21 July, 2020

Varadkar says it's wrong to send out 'mixed messages' over foreign travel
# Green List
# Green List

Varadkar says it's wrong to send out 'mixed messages' over foreign travel

Jul 21st 2020, 4:16 PM 28,187 Views 49 Comments

The Cabinet is due to sign off on the ‘green list’ of countries this evening.

# micheal-martin - Saturday 18 July, 2020

'It's a hard price to pay': Barry Cowen says he is 'not a victim' following sacking as Agriculture Minister
# Cowen And Out
# Cowen And Out

'It's a hard price to pay': Barry Cowen says he is 'not a victim' following sacking as Agriculture Minister

Jul 18th 2020, 11:10 AM 57,233 Views 103 Comments

The Offaly-based TD was removed from office by the Taoiseach earlier this week.

Green list will be 'very short' but Greece and Cyprus likely to feature
# Travel Advice
# Travel Advice

Green list will be 'very short' but Greece and Cyprus likely to feature

Jul 18th 2020, 6:30 AM 63,659 Views 62 Comments

The US has already been ruled out, so what countries might make the cut?

# micheal-martin - Friday 17 July, 2020

GAA President makes direct appeal to Taoiseach to allow more supporters attend matches
# Social Distancing
# Social Distancing

GAA President makes direct appeal to Taoiseach to allow more supporters attend matches

Jul 17th 2020, 9:28 AM 21,471 Views 66 Comments

John Horan has said the size of GAA stadia means larger numbers socially distancing is possible.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin 'doesn't see' a border poll being a possibility during his government
# Trip North
# Trip North

Taoiseach Micheál Martin 'doesn't see' a border poll being a possibility during his government

Jul 17th 2020, 7:53 AM 11,210 Views 67 Comments

Martin said he would work towards getting North-South infrastructure projects “over the line”.

Taoiseach travels to Brussels for crunch EU summit, but will take 'special measures' upon return
# Brussels Summit
# Brussels Summit

Taoiseach travels to Brussels for crunch EU summit, but will take 'special measures' upon return

Jul 17th 2020, 6:05 AM 25,116 Views 42 Comments

Martin will be tested immediately on return and again after seven days.

Taoiseach says that cost of NAMA commission so far is over €2.5 million
# NAMA Commission
# NAMA Commission

Taoiseach says that cost of NAMA commission so far is over €2.5 million

Jul 17th 2020, 6:00 AM 8,748 Views 7 Comments

So far, €2.5 million has been spent on the commission since it was established in 2017.

# micheal-martin - Thursday 16 July, 2020

Pubs, masks and parties: At a glance, the main Covid-19 actions from a big government briefing
# Stay Safe
# Stay Safe

Pubs, masks and parties: At a glance, the main Covid-19 actions from a big government briefing

Jul 16th 2020, 9:14 AM 57,543 Views 99 Comments

A number of significant announcements were made last night.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin still waiting on first phone call with Donald Trump
# Hold The Line
# Hold The Line

Taoiseach Micheál Martin still waiting on first phone call with Donald Trump

Jul 16th 2020, 6:10 AM 28,186 Views 51 Comments

Micheál Martin has spoken to several world leaders and senior EU figures – but not Donald Trump.

Mayo councillors hail Dara Calleary appointment as 'positive' step after initial Cabinet snub
# Fianna Fáil
# Fianna Fáil

Mayo councillors hail Dara Calleary appointment as 'positive' step after initial Cabinet snub

Jul 16th 2020, 6:00 AM 10,994 Views 20 Comments

Yesterday the Taoiseach announced that Calleary would take over from Barry Cowen as agriculture minister.

# micheal-martin - Wednesday 15 July, 2020

Dara Calleary appointed new Agriculture Minister following sacking of Barry Cowen
# Fianna Fáil
# Fianna Fáil

Dara Calleary appointed new Agriculture Minister following sacking of Barry Cowen

Updated Jul 15th 2020, 6:03 PM 73,720 Views 98 Comments

Cowen was sacked from the role last night amid a drink-driving controversy.

'The opposition didn't ask for a head on a plate': TDs react to Taoiseach's explanation for sacking Cowen
# Barry Cowen
# Barry Cowen

'The opposition didn't ask for a head on a plate': TDs react to Taoiseach's explanation for sacking Cowen

Jul 15th 2020, 5:15 PM 20,054 Views 24 Comments

Questions of how Barry Cowen’s personal information was shared are likely to rumble on.

Taoiseach says Cowen's refusal to answer questions in the Dáil was 'not acceptable'
# Cowengate
# Cowengate

Taoiseach says Cowen's refusal to answer questions in the Dáil was 'not acceptable'

Updated Jul 15th 2020, 12:31 PM 41,773 Views 88 Comments

Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath said that “it was not politically sustainable for Barry not to deal with this head on”.

# micheal-martin - Tuesday 14 July, 2020

Shock among TDs over sacking of Barry Cowen
# Controversy
# Controversy

Shock among TDs over sacking of Barry Cowen

Jul 14th 2020, 11:37 PM 61,735 Views 98 Comments

The Taoiseach announced this evening that he had sacked Agriculture Minister Barry Cowen.

Taoiseach says house parties of 30 or 40 people are 'presenting a problem'
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Taoiseach says house parties of 30 or 40 people are 'presenting a problem'

Jul 14th 2020, 5:40 PM 34,086 Views 70 Comments

Cabinet will meet tomorrow to discuss moving to Phase 4.

'We’re just short of calling for lynchings at airports': TD calls for perspective in Covid-19 coverage
# Phase Four
# Phase Four

'We’re just short of calling for lynchings at airports': TD calls for perspective in Covid-19 coverage

Jul 14th 2020, 3:36 PM 35,265 Views 87 Comments

Meanwhile, Minister Simon Coveney said yesterday there were only 16 people on a flight from Dallas about which concerns had been raised.