Micheál Martin

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Taoiseach Micheál Martin told the Dáil earlier this month that any exploitation of student nurses would not be tolerated. Photograph: Getty images

The Government is expected to look at backdating any changes recommended by a review group to allowances for student nurses to the start of the colleg(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: In mid-October, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) went public after unsuccessful behind-the-scenes talks with the Department of Health.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Shortly after 3.30pm on September 2nd, Taoiseach Micheál Martin sent an email to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly. He was following up on corresp(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: ‘I would say to others who oppose it, you simply can’t really be serious about climate change if you’re not prepared to do the hard work that’s associated with that.’ Photograph: Julien Behal

Critics of plans to increase carbon taxes were not prepared to do the “hard work” needed to tackle climate change, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said. (...)

Phil Ní Sheaghdha, the INMO general secretary, said student nurses and midwives ‘are doing incredible work on the frontlines during this pandemic’ and have overwhelming public support.

Student nurses and midwives are to engage with two independently-verified reviews of their remuneration and conditions that have been established by t(...)

Adam King shot to fame when he held up a paper heart with ‘A hug for you’ written across it on the Late Late Toy Show. Photograph: Andres Poveda/PA

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has sent a letter to a six-year-old boy who warmed people’s hearts with his “virtual hug”. Adam King from Cork, who has brit(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron speaking with Poland’s prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban at the EU summit in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/pool/AFP via Getty Images

EU leaders reached a deal to cut climate emissions in the bloc by 55 per cent within a decade compared to 1990 levels after all-night talks to resolve(...)

People don’t have to be ‘going on the lash’ to celebrate Christmas meaningfully, the Taoiseach says. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

What is the appropriate seasonal salutation in a pandemic? Wishing others a “merry Christmas” seems irresponsible at a time when public health experts(...)

Alicia (3) and Kristine (5) Barabola from Smithfield with their mother Olga look in the Brown Thomas Christmas window on Dublin’s Grafton Street. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Restrictions on people travelling between counties and limits on household visitors are expected to be eased for Christmas, under plans for a staggere(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the potential election of Joe Biden as US president could help Ireland in Brexit talks and improve the global response to t(...)

All kinds of absurd stereotypes about Asia were used to support the Western exceptionalism that underpinned our bad policies. Photograph: Paul Scott

The pandemic has not been easy anywhere. But as the citizens of the West brace for a winter largely confined to their homes, retirees in Australia thr(...)

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