Tag Archives: Micheál Martin

This morning.

Via On The Ditch:

Taoiseach Micheál Martin breached Covid-19 public health guidelines by attending an indoor event held in honour of his late father in Cork.

While at the event Martin told an attending garda to take off her face mask for a photo opportunity.

The event at Blackpool’s Glen Boxing Club went ahead when “no organised indoor gatherings should take place” under Ireland’s level-three Covid restrictions. The event lasted 45 minutes and was attended by at least 12 people.

Good times.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin breached public health guidelines at prohibited event honouring his father (On The Ditch)

Previously: Glen Boxing Club honoured with a visit from an old boxing friend – an Taoiseach Micheal Martin (Cork Evening Echo, December 14, 2020)

Then Minister for Health Micheál Martin (second left) in Maguires, Baggot Street, Dublin 2 on March 29, 2004

Where are your masks?

G’wan the nanny state.




— Réabhlóid 🏴‍☠️🐊 (@Revolution_IRL) March 22, 2021

This afternoon.


Taoiseach Micheál Martin arriving for Leaders Questions in the Dail at the Convention Centre in Dublin this morning

This morning/afternoon.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said Ireland is in line for an extra 46,500 vaccines before the end of March after the European Union announced 4 million additional doses of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine.

Ireland to get 46,500 extra vaccine doses this month (RTÉ)


From top: Eamon Ryan, Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin

This morning.

Government Buildings, Merrion Street, Duublin 2.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin and ministers arrive for a cabinet meeting go discuss the Davy scandal and vaccine roll-out…

When asked if he would approach the British Prime Minister on sharing a vaccine surplus, Mr Martin said Boris Johnson has made it “clear” to him his first priority is to vaccinate his people.

He added, however, that it would be helpful to Ireland if the situation arose.

The Taoiseach said that right now the broader picture is on manufacturing capacity of vaccines and that the vaccine roll-out will pick up in quarter two.

Taoiseach ‘disappointed’ with aspects of vaccine supply issues (RTÉ)


This morning.

Merrion Street, Dublin 2.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin arrives at government buildings for a cabinet meeting.


A Fianna Fáil cumann in a minister’s constituency (junior minister Thomas Byrne) is calling for the replacement of leader Micheál Martin.

In a letter seen by Independent.ie, his departure is demanded by the entire officer board of the party cumann in Slane, Co Meath.

Mr Martin, who took over the party a decade ago, is said to have presided over its becoming a “laughing stock” on occasion.

“We need someone with fire in his/her belly,” said the signatories in an open letter-email to all Fianna Fáil TDs and some of the party’s senators.

‘Ignore us at your peril’ – Fianna Fáil cumann calls for Micheál Martin to be replaced as party leader (Independent.ie)


This morning.

Merrion Street, Dublin 2.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin arriving at Government Buildings for a Cabinet meeting where the introduction of mandatory quarantining at hotels in Ireland will be presented by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly.

Important documents?

Or packed lunch?

We may never know.

Cabinet to consider legislation over hotel quarantining (RTÉ)

Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews

Taoiseach Michael Martin with Fergal Keane on BBC News today

This afternoon.

In a wide-ranging interview with BBC News, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said:

“I worry a bit about the post-Brexit noise from EU member states towards Britain and vice versa.

“I would tell one or two of them that they need to cool it, dial it down.

“This isn’t an ongoing battle between the UK and some of the bigger beasts of Europe. Let’s move away from that. They need to cool it. We’ll be collateral damage in all of that.

“Everybody needs to cool it a bit.”


He also indicated that any extension to the grace period for the NI protocol would be for a matter of months – “It can’t be a year,” he said.

The taoiseach also spoke about tensions in loyalist areas over the NI protocol and Irish Sea border in recent weeks.

Mr Martin said: “I don’t think the threats were as real perhaps, as might have been suggested, but you can see how it can tip over very quickly. And therefore we have to be very, very vigilant that it doesn’t,” he said.

He also talked about fears that such tensions could lead to a return to sectarian violence in Northern Ireland.

“If we handle this the wrong way, and if things are handled wrongly, you could provoke that response” he said.


Asked about the possibility of a border poll to decide the political future of the island of Ireland, the taoiseach said:

“If we just see this as a simple numerical majoritarianism, we’re going backwards, not forward. And I don’t believe the future of the island of Ireland is about majoritarianism.”

He said it would be a mistake to have a border poll in the next five years.

Brexit: Micheál Martin calls on ‘big beasts’ of EU to ‘cool it’ (BBC)

Pic: BBC

This afternoon.

Speaking in the Dáil, Mr Martin said the report from the Commission of Investigation into the homes has afforded the country a “moment for us as a society to recognise a profound failure of empathy, understanding and basic humanity over a lengthy period”.

“On behalf of the Government, the State and its citizens, I apologise for the profound generational wrong visited upon Irish mothers and their children who ended up in a Mother and Baby Home or a County Home.

“As the commission says plainly – ‘they should not have been there’.”

Micheál Martin apologised for the shame and stigma which the women and children were subjected to and which, for some, he said “remains a burden to this day”.

“In apologising, I want to emphasise that each of you were in an institution because of the wrongs of others. Each of you is blameless, each of you did nothing wrong and has nothing to be ashamed of.”

‘The State failed you’, says Taoiseach to those in mother-and-baby homes (RTÉ)

Earlier: ‘It Surprised Everyone…Not Least The Sisters of Bon Secours in Ireland’