Micheál Martin, Leader and Spokesperson on Northern Ireland

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Born Cork, August 1960. Married to Mary O'Shea with young family. Educated Colaiste Chriost Rí, Cork and UCC (BA, HDipED, MA). First elected to the Dáil in 1989 and at each subsequent election.

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FF Leader accuses Adams of continuing to dodge the truth

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD says Gerry Adams still has questions to answer as to how his party and the IRA dealt with allegations of sex abuse within their own ranks. Read More | Share

FF Leader Warns Government on Irish Water Scapegoating

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has warned the government against seeking to scapegoat senior management in Irish Water instead of confronting their own policy and strategy failures in setting up the quango. Read More | Share

Gerry Adams Statement falls short – FF Leader

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has welcomed Gerry Adams’ belated acknowledgement that the IRA and Sinn Féin investigated sexual abuse cases internally, but has expressed concern at his continued failure to accept Mairia Cahill’s testimony and apologise to her on behalf of his organisation. The FF Leader also rejected what he described as a self serving attempt to use this issue to recast the IRA as protectors rather than perpetrators. Read More | Share

Speech by Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD, Fianna Fáil Wolfe Tone Commemoration

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Speech by Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin at annual Cáirde Fáil Dinner, Dublin

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Speech by Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin, James Fintan Lalor School 2014 Portlaoise

James Fintan Lalor receives respectful but brief mention in most general histories. He is part of a parade of mid-19th century figures seen variously as either part of a radical fringe or an inspiration to later generations. His name is well known but the details and importance of his life are understood by very few. That is why the initiative to hold this annual event is especially welcome. He is a fascinating personality from one of the defining periods of Irish culture and thought – perhaps even the single most important such period in our modern history. Read More | Share

Speech by Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin, Dáil Budget Statements

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Taoiseach’s position on McNulty’s IMMA appointment not believable – FF Leader

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has said the Taoiseach’s contention that Minister Heather Humphreys appointed John McNulty to the Board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) ‘in her own right’ is simply not believable. Read More | Share

Taoiseach Needs to Declare Whether He is Voting for Mr McNulty – FF Leader

Fianna Fáil Leader, Micheál Martin TD, has welcomed the statement by Minister Leo Varadkar today confirming that he is not voting for Mr John McNulty in the forthcoming Seanad bye-election. Minister Varadkar said he believes voting for Mr McNulty would add to the cynicism about politics. Read More | Share

Has Taoiseach Ordered Humphreys’ Silence? – FF Leader

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has called on the Taoiseach to clarify publicly whether the continued and complete failure of the Arts Minister to answer basic questions is as a result of instructions issued by him or his office. Read More | Share

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Political Record

Current Leader and Spokesperson on Northern Ireland.

Elected Uachtarán Fhianna Fáil on the 26th of January 2011.

Re-elected to the 30th Dáil, May 2007. Minister for Foreign Affairs, May 2008 - January 2011. Appointed Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment on the 29th September 2004. Minister for Health and Children 2000-04. Minister for Education 1997-2000. Fianna Fáil Front Bench spokesperson on Education and the Gaeltacht 1995-97.

Micheál is a former Chairman of the Oireachtas All Party Committee on the Irish Language. Former member of the Dáil Committee on Crime. Member of the Dáil Committee on Finance and General Affairs. He was first elected to Cork Corporation in 1985 (Lord Mayor of Cork 1992-93). Former member of the Governing Body, UCC and of the Governing Body RTC. Former member of the ASTI.

Micheál is a member of the Fianna Fáil National Executive since 1988. He is a former National Chairman of Ógra Fianna Fáil and was a member of the Commission on the Aims and Structures of Fianna Fáil. Winner of the Cork Examiner Political Speaker of the Year Award 1987. He is the son of Paddy Martin, former International Boxer.

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