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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Dáil Speech by Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin following European Council Summit

The succession of summit and Council meetings over the last few weeks has unfortunately produced nothing positive. Instead they have exposed yet again the failure of leaders to work together in a positive and ambitious way to tackle the enormous crisis engulfing the European Union. Read More | Share

Martin pays tribute to Liam Ó Murchú

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has paid tribute to the late Liam Ó Murchú who has died at the age of 86. Read More | Share

Speech by Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin – Dáil Statements on European Council Summit

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Government Continues to Mislead Public on IBRC Crisis – FF

The Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has accused the Government of continuing to mislead the public following the revelation that, contrary to previous claims, IBRC board meetings and key information was being shared with the Department of Finance prior to a new framework being put in place. Read More | Share

What Prompted Government U-Turn on IBRC Inquiry? – FF

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has called on the Taoiseach to explain why, despite repeated refusals to consider an independent inquiry, his Government now looks set to abandon the discredited KPMG process in favour of the Commission of Inquiry model proposed by Fianna Fáil and others. Read More | Share

Taoiseach’s Silence on Dáil Controversy Deafening – FF Leader

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has condemned Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s continued silence on the recent controversy surrounding the media coverage of Dáil statements. Almost one week on from when the incident began, the Taoiseach has still not said a word in response to a threat to the constitutional protection of Dáil privilege. Read More | Share

Court decision vindicates stance on Oireachtas privilege – FF Leader

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has welcomed today’s ruling by Mr Justice Donald Binchy in which he said it was never his intention to restrict the media’s right to report on statements made in the Dáil. Read More | Share

FF Leader demands recall of Dáil over threat to absolute privilege

The Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has demanded that the Dáil be recalled next week to reassert the basic principle that Dáil speeches and the reporting of them are protected by absolute privilege, by Article 15 of the Constitution. Read More | Share

Martin expresses condolences on passing of ‘iconic broadcaster’

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has said “Ireland has lost an iconic broadcaster with the death of Bill O'Herlihy.” Read More | Share

Fianna Fáil Leader pays tribute to Bobby Aylward following his election to Dáil Éireann

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has congratulated Bobby Aylward on being elected to the 31st Dáil in the Carlow-Kilkenny bye-election. 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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