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# taoiseach - Monday 30 November, 2020

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

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

  • 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

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'

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

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

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

Politicians have been warned about publicly commenting on the controversy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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'

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

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'

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

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

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

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

'The impact of our actions on the planet is undeniable': Government launches Climate Action Bill

The 30-year programme commits to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Taoiseach told Varadkar and Ryan about Leaving Cert error six days after it was discovered

Education Miniser Norma Foley said that about 7,200 Leaving Cert grades have been affected by the errors in the Leaving Cert calculated grades system.

German short-time work benefit model being considered by government ahead of Budget

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said specific sector supports are under consideration.

# taoiseach - Monday 28 September, 2020

Micheál Martin 'not optimistic' about Brexit trade deal

It’s set to be a big week in Brussels, as the UK and the EU resume talks.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Taoiseach keen to make St Patrick's Day trip to the White House next year

In an interview with, Micheál Martin said the event is a “significant one for Ireland”.

# taoiseach - Sunday 13 September, 2020

Government will 'prioritise' schools staying open in new roadmap, Taoiseach says

Micheál Martin also said he anticipates endorsing guidance from the CMO about Dublin-specific measures.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 9 September, 2020

Taoiseach tells Johnson of the 'serious implications' if British government breaches Brexit deal

The pair spoke over the phone this evening.

'We got no heads up': Taoiseach speaks to Boris Johnson about the 'undermining' of Brexit negotiations

The Taoiseach says the UK government’s actions ‘does not build trust’.

# taoiseach - Thursday 3 September, 2020

Pub reopening guidelines will be issued 'shortly', says Taoiseach as he meets protesting publicans

‘We do want to open up other sectors of the economy, including pubs,’ said the Taoiseach.

# taoiseach - Wednesday 2 September, 2020

New Agriculture Minister, golfgate and pub closure laws: Busy agenda as Dáil returns early from summer holidays

The Dáil was recalled early this year to deal with Covid-19 and the reopening of the country.

# taoiseach - Tuesday 1 September, 2020

MEPs ask Taoiseach to allow Covid testing as replacement for quarantine on return to Ireland

Billy Kelleher, Seán Kelly, and Ciarán Cuffe have written to Taoiseach Micheál Martin to ask for MEPs to be treated as essential workers for travel purposes.

# taoiseach - Thursday 27 August, 2020

From a trickle to a torrent: How days of revelations made Phil Hogan's position untenable

The unending revelations from GolfGate took a toll on the trade commissioner.

# taoiseach - Tuesday 25 August, 2020

Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Eamon Ryan: 'It is clear' that Phil Hogan breached public health guidelines

Though the government statement says concerns remain about the EU Commissioner’s account, it said that ultimately the decision lies with the European Commission President.

Three party leaders meet ahead of Hogan decision

The coalition has been rocked by resignations and calls for those in the public eye to step aside.

# taoiseach - Monday 24 August, 2020

Taoiseach speaks to Belarusian opposition leader to voice support, amid third week of Minsk protests

The Taoiseach expressed Ireland’s solidarity with the people of Belarus in their pursuit of democracy and human rights.

Taoiseach: 'In taking the decision we did on the crowds, we saved the championships and the leagues'

Micheál Martin has expressed his support for the GAA inter-county season to take place.

# taoiseach - Saturday 22 August, 2020

Golfgate: Taoiseach and Tánaiste ask Phil Hogan to ‘consider his position’ as EU Commissioner

They said in a statement tonight that Hogan needs “to give a full account and explanations of his actions”.

# taoiseach - Tuesday 11 August, 2020

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

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

# taoiseach - Wednesday 29 July, 2020

Leo Varadkar intervened to ensure Simon Coveney kept State car

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

Planned 1% disability cut to be scrapped and day services to 'gradually resume' in August, confirms Taoiseach

Up to 100 people protested today against the Government’s failure to fully reopen day services for adults with disabilities.

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