Taoiseach Micheál Martin this afternoon in the Dáil at the Convention Centre
But that leaves two million of us prick-free.
Earlier: One Jab
From top: Taoiseach Micheál Martin addressing the Dáil yesterday; Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’ Callaghan
On RTÉ’s Today with Claire Byrne.
Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan spoke to Claire Byrne about Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s address in the Dáil last night and his apology for posting a contract negotiated between the Government and the Irish Medical Organisation to former National Association of General Practitioners’ president Dr Maitiú O Tuathail in April 2019.
Deputy O’Callaghan said:
“On a day, such as today, I don’t think we should sit back and accept a contorted political narrative for the sake of political convenience.
“And I also think, as a Fianna Fáil TD, it’s important that Fianna Fáil calls out something when it’s wrong and that we don’t shy away from it because of political inconvenience.”
He doesn’t believe Leo Varadkar should resign and he doesn’t regard it as an “Agatha Christie mystery where we’re trying to find out everything”.
But he said:
“I think he would have solved issues for himself had he simply said I disclosed a confidential document, I shouldn’t have done that, I was wrong, I apologise for it and move on.”
“I regard it [the situation] as a political issue and, from the Government’s point of view, I want to see it resolved and I want to see people moving on from it.”
Later, Deputy O’Callaghan said:
“I’m not accusing him of saying untruths or something like that but his explanation, let’s be frank about it, has inconsistencies within it. And that’s why I say that politicians shouldn’t demean themselves by trying to stand over a defence which has a lot of holes in it.
“Like, for instance, he told the Dail yesterday that he asked the Department of Health for the document, why didn’t he just ask the Department of Health to send it out to the NAGP and Dr O’Tuaithail. Why wasn’t it emailed? We live in an age where documents are emailed.
“Why was there no covering letter with it? Why was it sent to the home address? Why was part of the front page redacted? All of these seem to suggest that the Tanaiste was trying to disguise his role in giving out this document.
“So like, these are issues that are going to be raised as a result of the contorted defence he has put forward.”
Earlier: Getting The Deal Done
Taoiseach Micheal Martin calls Tanaiste Leo Varadkar the Taoiseach ahead of a statement from Mr Varadkaer at 4.50pm on the leak brouhaha.
Earlier: In The Soup
Government Buildings, Dublin 2.
Taoiseach Micheál Marin responds to calls for the resignation of his Tanaiste Leo Varadkar…
Earlier: Best Practice
Taoiseach Micheál Martin arriving for the Shared Ireland Initiative conference sporting face covering fashioned from what may have been old pyajamas or even discarded paisley-patterned y-fronts. Unhygienic at best.
Julian Behal Photography/RollingNews
Taoiseach Micheál Martin arrives at the Summit of the European Council.
The big boys.
Dáil Eireann, Dublin 2.
“You need to relax, you need to relax a bit now…Deputy Healy Rae, Deputy Healy Rae, through the chair, all I remember, I was reliably informed that, through the chair, Deputy Healy Rae approached people outside of Mass, to say ‘I can get you on the bus if you want a cataract’.”
Taoiseach Michael Martin
“You should take that back, you’re a disgrace. You’re only the bottom of the barrel now coming out with that sort of a statement. And cop on a small bit Taoiseach.”
Independent Kerry TD Michael Healy Rae in response.
The Taoiseach tangles with Independent TDs Michael Healy Rae and Michael Collins, who had just revealed that he and Deputy Danny Healy-Rae have organised 2000 people (with some into their 90s) from all over Cork and Kerry to go to Belfast (over the past two years) to get cataract treatment.
Even a patient forwarded by Mr Martin’s own constituency office.
Previously: Our Cap Overfloweth
Balgriffin, Dublin 13.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has his temperature checked before viewing the site of new social housing from Respond housing association.
Julien Behal Photography /RollingNews
Previously: Siteserv on Broadsheet
Taoiseach Michael Martin this morning announcing 100 new jobs at Workvivo software company in Cork
Exham House, The Fingerpost, Cork.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) ‘may advise’ Government on localised restrictions in cities such as Cork, Waterford, Limerick and Galway, where the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise.
Speaking this afternoon in Cork, Micheál Martin said NPHET is “very concerned” about the spread of the virus in these cities.
He said he had been told by the Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn that the number of cases in Cork was “rising in a straight line“.
He said he was flagging with people now that these cities are danger areas, and steps need to be taken to control the spread of the virus there.
Mr Martin said curbing the spread of the virus remained in people’s own hands….
Micheál Martin said NPHET is “very concerned” about the spread of the virus in some cities (RTÉ)
Pic via Taoiseach