Taoiseach warns of ‘very serious harm’ if people use Brexit to create dispute
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.”
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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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. Report by Etemadil. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Taoiseach Micheal Martin defends a move to overhaul the vaccine priority list, saying the most vulnerable in society will get their jab as “fast as possible”.Once those most at risk have been vaccinated, the priority list will be abandoned and will instead proceed based on age. This means that key workers in essential jobs and the education sector who cannot avoid a high risk of exposure to the virus will lose vaccine prioritisation.
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Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis says the government is "truly sorry" for the events in Ballymurphy, west Belfast in August 1971 in which 10 people were killed. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
The UK Government must apologise “as a bare minimum” to the families of 10 innocent civilians killed in west Belfast in 1971 in shootings involving the Army, Northern Ireland’s deputy First Minister said.Speaking alongside Michelle O’Neill at a joint appearance at Clandeboye Golf Club in Bangor, Co Down, First Minister Arlene Foster recognised the Ballymurphy families’ fight for 50 years to clear their names, adding there are many others who are continuing to fight for justice.
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A cavalcade of cars has passed through Ballymurphy after a coroner ruled that 10 people killed in the west Belfast shootings involving British soldiers in Ballymurphy in August 1971 were “entirely innocent”.The victims’ families have warned against prevention of historic prosecutions.
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