Micheál Martin, Leader and Spokesperson on Northern Ireland

Micheál Martin

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Personal Details

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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Taoiseach Forced to Apologise for ‘Shredding’ Slur - FF

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was today forced to apologise for his remarks in 2011 when he claimed that there were no records relating to the bank guarantee in his department and he claimed that they may have been shredded or 'hidden down the back of a radiator'. Read More | Share

Cork deaths highlight lack of resources for homeless sector - Martin

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD said the deaths of two homeless people in Cork city over the weekend reinforces the argument that more resources and improved initiatives are needed to tackle the problem. The man and woman had been using the services of homeless organisations in the city before they disappeared at the weekend. Their bodies were taken from the water at Custom House Quay last night. Read More | Share

Remarks by Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin at General Election Convention, Cork South Central

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Frustration at latest Northern Ireland Talks Failure – FF Leader

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has expressed frustration and dismay with the latest failure to achieve progress in Northern Ireland’s talks. Deputy Martin was speaking after confirmation that the latest round of talks in Belfast have ended without any agreement being reached. Read More | Share

Speech by Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin on Government Confidence Motion

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FF Leader Expresses Condolences on Death of Councillor Willie Callaghan

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has expressed his condolences to the family and friends of party colleague and sitting Councillor Willie Callaghan, a member of Kildare County Council. Read More | Share

Taoiseach’s arrogance an insult to voters – FF Leader

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has branded the Taoiseach’s comments about the choice facing voters in the next general election as arrogant, out of touch and an indication of how out of touch with public sentiment Mr Kenny has become. Read More | Share

FF Leader Congratulates Bishop Kieran O’Reilly

The Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has congratulated his fellow parishioner Bishop Kieran O’Reilly on his appointment as Bishop of Cashel and Emly by Pope Francis, following the retirement of Archbishop Dermot Clifford. Read More | Share

Statement from Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD on the death of Seán Staunton

I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of Sean Staunton, Chairman of Mayo Fianna Fáil. He was a stalwart of our party for the past forty years and was a very dedicated councillor for his local community in Westport. Read More | Share

Speech by Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin on Government Proposals for Water Services

For over six months the government has been saying that it understands the scale of public anger about Irish Water and water charges. There have been near constant meetings of the cabinet and cabinet sub-committees to find a way off the hook. This issue was central to a budget announced little over a month ago. After large-scale demonstrations throughout the country, there have been emergency meetings and there has been a desperate scramble to rescue Irish Water. 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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