Cherrywood, County Dublin.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin visited the pharmaceutical and biotech research firm APC – who have partnered with an Australian biotech firm Vaxine Pty to ‘accelerate’ the development of a vaccine for the rona – greeting its CEO Mark Barrett (top) in the now new normal manner.
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Former taoisigh, from left: John Bruton, Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen at a Brexit conference in 2018
Masked Taoiseach Micheál Martin arrives for a cabinet meeting in Dublin Castle.
He has warned that the planned full reopening of pubs on July 20 could be delayed because of SHOCKING scenes like the one in pic 2 in Dublin on Saturday.
Micheál Martin said the Government is worried about scenes in Dublin over the weekend where social distancing and, in some cases, opening hours were not being complied with.
“We have to put public health first. That is the overarching issue. The only way we can get the economy back is if we keep Covid-19 down. Any change to this would be a disaster for the country.
“There is an obligation on everyone to behave.”
Earlier: Drew’s Company.
Saturday: Worth The Wait
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Health Minister Simon Harris
He [Simon Harris] became health minister in 2016, in a government led by Enda Kenny, his political mentor and then-leader of the center-right Fine Gael.
When Kenny resigned a year later, Harris backed Simon Coveney, now deputy head of the Irish government, to be his successor. But current Prime Minister Leo Varadkar won instead.
Harris was the only one from the old government to keep his job.
He is now careful to stress his support for Varadkar and said he doesn’t want to take the top job anytime soon.
“I’m very supportive of our current Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, who is obviously a young Taoiseach [and] doing a brilliant job,” Harris told POLITICO.
His comments about his own professional future, he explained, just mean “I wouldn’t rule out the possibility” of becoming PM.
The next Irish PM? (Carmen Paun POLITICO, August 11, 2019)
‘The next Irish PM?’ – Simon Harris stokes ambitions to be Taoiseach (Hugh O’Connell, Irish Independent, August 14, 2019)
On Sky News.
A presenter struggles to pronounce ‘Taoiseach’ and ‘Varadkar’.
Thanks Karl O’Donovan
In his first speech as Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar said:
“I don’t wish to respond to the other deputies, as suffice to just say this: I received 57 votes here today, only two of those 57 were allowed to speak opposite 40 members chose to abstain, but only one of them was allowed to explain why.
“And so it’s important to democracy that we have diversity but democracy is also about proportionality and the equal right to speak must also apply…
Applause from Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil benches
“…so the equal right to speak must also apply to ministers and backbenchers of this party and also the main opposition party.”
Yesterday: New Old Politics
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton. The Taoiseach launching the Low Pay Commission at St Andrew’s Resource Centre in Dublin 2 this morning. The commission is to recommend an appropriate national minimum wage to Government
When he [Enda Kenny] was asked: “Are you actually worth three-and-a-half grand a week?” the Taoiseach responded: “Very much so.”
He added: “Salaries are down by 40% in the case of the Taoisigh – we’ve cut everything to the bone.”
Forty per cent down?
But €214,187 to €185,350 is a 13.46% decrease
Taoiseach: Am I worth €3,500 a week? Very much so! (Irish Examiner)
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