Micheál Martin

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The previous government had stated it was considering a statutory inquiry into the historical abuse scandal last year, following calls from Micheál Martin (now Taoiseach) when he was leader of the Opposition. A spokeswoman for the Department of Taoiseach said launching any independent inquiry “is a very significant matter and one which will require careful consideration.” Photograph: Bryan O Brien / The Irish Times

Scouting Ireland is seeking to hire a new safeguarding manager to oversee child protection standards in the organisation, its third in as many years. (...)

Coalition trolling?: Leo Varadkar spent a day last week briefing against Micheál Martin. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

‘I think being a woman is like being Irish,” the novelist Iris Murdoch, who was born in Dublin, wrote. “Everyone says you’re important and nice, but y(...)

Shoppers in Dublin city centre on Thursday. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Retailers can decide for themselves how they use the VAT reduction announced in the July stimulus, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said. The Government an(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin leaves after an European Union Council in Brussels. Photograph: John Thys / various sources / AFP)

The publication of a “green list” of countries from which people will not have to self-isolate when returning is to be delayed, as Taoiseach Micheál M(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin arrives for an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

EU leaders were locked in intense negotiations on Saturday evening in an attempt to save a summit on the terms of a €750 billion pandemic recovery fun(...)

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin told the Dáil on Wednesday he was left with ‘no alternative’ but to dismiss  minister for agriculture Barry Cowen after he refused to make a statement to the House about the ongoing controversy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The decision to sack minister for agriculture Barry Cowen was a depressing but “inevitable” one, Fianna Fáil backbenchers have said. The new Governme(...)

The refusal of Jim O’Callaghan to accept a junior ministerial post after his failure to make the Cabinet has contributed to the uncertain mood in Micheál Martin’s Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

The leaders of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have attempted to rectify the regional imbalance in the Cabinet by appointing a number of junior ministers fr(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at the announcement of the new Cabinet at Convention Centre Dublin. Photograph: Maxwells

The new Government will immediately face the economic reckoning from the first phase of the coronavirus crisis. Soaring unemployment and the threat f(...)

‘I ask people to bear in mind that this is a virus that did not exist three or four months ago. It did not have a name two months ago.’

Two weeks on from their alarming surge of Covid-19 related sanctimony and self-importance, a much subdued cohort of confirmed Government cases returne(...)

The Green Party’s 12 TDs and its Senator are pictured at  Leinster House last week. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Suddenly the Greens are the hottest date in town. Eamon Ryan’s phone hasn’t stopped ringing since the election. Everyone wants a piece of him. On Mon(...)

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