Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin has warned that Northern Ireland must not "spiral back to that dark place of sectarian murders and political discord" after further disorder saw 14 police officers injured on Friday night.
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The Taoiseach expressed hope that Ireland can look forward to a good summer as he received his first Covid-19 vaccination.Micheal Martin was given an AstraZeneca jab at the Cork City Hall vaccination centre on Sunday afternoon.
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Micheal Martin said that by taking steps to further reopen the economy, thousands of people will be going back to work for the first time in many months and he thanked them for their sacrifice. The Taoiseach also said the “overriding priority” now is the continued successful rollout of the vaccine programme. From May 17, all non-essential retail will be allowed to open. On June 2 hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs and self-catering and hostels will be permitted to open.
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The Taoiseach has warned “very serious harm” can come if people keep trying to use Brexit as an issue to create dispute.Micheal Martin said it had become clear in recent weeks what can happen “when sectarian tensions are left to grow and are then encouraged by political events”.The Fianna Fail leader made the comments at his party’s annual 1916 commemoration at Arbour Hill Cemetery in Dublin.Mr Martin said: “The terrible scenes on the streets of Belfast have deep roots which we must challenge – and it falls to all of us to play a constructive and moderating role.“We understand that Brexit is one of the factors in this situation.”Mr Martin described the Northern Ireland Protocol as “a fair conclusion to attempts to limit the potential destructiveness of Brexit on this island”.“It is complex, but it is nowhere near as complex as it is presented,” he said.“It is not as complex as the thousands of Brexit issues remaining in relation to trade and other contacts between Great Britain and the European Union. Rules and connections developed over half a century don’t come apart easily.“With good faith and co-operation, disruption can be limited and we can resolve outstanding issues.”
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Northern Ireland will only move forward when the region’s differing identities are respected by all, resigning First Minister Arlene Foster has said.Making her resignation speech to the Assembly chamber, the ousted DUP leader said her time as First Minister may have ended “abruptly” but she vowed to pursue “unfinished business” in championing Northern Ireland in other ways.Mrs Foster, who acknowledged she had not always made the right calls, became emotional as she closed her speech with an appeal for MLAs to act as “good neighbours”.
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A clean up operation is under way in west Belfast, scene of violent disorder over recent nights. A peace wall gate, which separates the loyalist and republican communities, was repaired after being set..
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