Micheál Martin

Micheal Martin: EU candidate status for Ukraine would send ‘significant message’

Irish premier Micheal Martin has there will be challenges to offer support to Ukraine, as the war-torn country continues its bid for a speedy accession to the EU.Ukraine is currently in the early stages of applying for EU membership.The Taoiseach said that for a long time he had backed a “faster, more accelerated” process towards EU membership more generally.Speaking at the ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) party congress in Dublin, he said: “What is vital is that we have acceptance of Ukraine’s application to become a candidate country.”If you look at the interaction between the European Union...
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Micheal Martin: Legacy proposals a ‘get out of jail’ card for ex-fighters

The Irish premier has said that UK plans to address the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland amount to “get out of jail” legislation for ex-paramilitaries.Taoiseach Micheal Martin was also critical of what he labelled a “unilateral strain” within the British Government when it comes to the Good Friday Agreement.Speaking in Belfast following talks with political parties in Northern Ireland, Mr Martin renewed his serious concerns about new legislation on legacy announced by the UK Government.The UK Government has said that the Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill aims to provide better outcomes for victims, survivors and veterans.For...
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Micheal Martin: No substitute for negotiated agreement over NI Protocol

Irish premier Micheal Martin has said there is “no substitute” for substantive negotiations between the UK Government and European Union to resolve difficulties with the Northern Ireland Protocol. The Taoiseach also said that an Assembly and Executive should be formed at Stormont while those negotiations continued and accused...

Micheal Martin says DUP Assembly speaker block is ‘unsatisfactory’

Taoiseach Micheal Martin has said that it is “unsatisfactory” and disappointing that the DUP will block the election of an Assembly speaker. “The people elected an Assembly, the Assembly should meet, and then the Assembly should form an executive,” Mr Martin said. “Yes there are issues that...

Micheál Martin calls for smoky coal ban in Northern Ireland

Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Micheál Martin has called for a ban on the burning of smoky coal in Northern Ireland. Speaking in the Dáil (lower house of parliament), Mr Martin said there was "a lot of smoky coal coming into the Republic". A ban on smoky coal was...

Covid-19: Micheál Martin rejects mandatory face mask calls

Micheál Martin has said he does not believe making it mandatory to wear face masks indoors would change Ireland's current Covid-19 situation. The taoiseach (Irish prime minister) was speaking after some health bodies called on the Irish government to reintroduce some measures. About 56,000 positive PCR and 74,000 lateral...

Micheal Martin to attend key EU summit after testing negative for Covid-19

The Irish premier will attend a European Council meeting on Thursday after a positive Covid-19 test left him isolating in Washington for several days.A spokesperson confirmed that Taoiseach Micheal Martin had returned two negative Covid-19 tests and will leave the US on Wednesday evening.It was confirmed during his visit to Washington last week that he had picked up the virus.Mr Martin, in the US capital to meet President Joe Biden and celebrate St Patrick’s Day, was forced into isolation and had to meet the president in a virtual encounter for the second year in a row.The positive test also prompted...

Micheal Martin tells Volodymyr Zelensky: Ireland is in solidarity with Ukraine

The Ukrainian president offered his condolences to the Irish premier over the death of Irish journalist Pierre Zakrzewski during a call on Wednesday.Both Volodymyr Zelensky and Micheal Martin tweeted that the pair had spoken, the day after US network Fox News cameraman died when the vehicle he travelling in was hit.Mr Martin is currently in Washington DC on the second day of his trip to the US as part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.The Taoiseach told the Ukrainian leader that everyone in Ireland admired his leadership in the face of the war waged by Russia and stands in full...