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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Quantitative Easing must be accompanied by fiscal measures - Martin

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has described the announcement by the ECB of a programme of quantitative easing as a potentially significant development but one which must be accompanied by measures to ensure that European economic stimulus is felt by ordinary families. Read More | Share

Fianna Fáil Welcomes Clarity on Referendum Wording

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has welcomed clarity on the wording of the upcoming referendum on marriage equality and pledged his party’s support for passing the referendum. Read More | Share

Dáil speech by Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD during Statements on Stormont House Agreement

The great achievements of the peace process were a triumph for democrats on this island who were willing to invest enormous time and patience into bringing a murderous minority to abandon violence. The overwhelming majority of people believed and still believe that we have a duty to work for a shared future of everybody who lives on this island. Read More | Share

FF Leader Launches Markievicz Commission Report to Boost Female Participation

The Fianna Fáil Party Leader, Micheál Martin, today launched the Report of the Markievicz Commission. The Commission, established by Deputy Martin to examine how Fianna Fáil can ensure greater female participation in politics, was chaired by Professor Yvonne Galligan of Queen’s University, Belfast. The Commission's Report outlines how the Party will increase female participation in politics and reach the statutory requirement of 30% of the party’s candidates being female in the next General Election. Read More | Share

Dáil speech by Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin during Statements on attacks in Paris

On behalf of Fianna Fáil I would like to join in the expression of sympathy and support for the French people at this traumatic time. The response of President Hollande and the French people to the brutal murders of last week has been magnificent and inspiring. They have shown unity and a commitment to the values of free democracy. Read More | Share

2015 off to cynical start with Government ‘commitments’ costing €3.5bn – FF Leader

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has accused the Government of irresponsible spinning, briefing future "commitments" totalling €3.5bn, despite having delivered a budget just three months ago. Read More | Share

Fianna Fáil Leader welcomes progress in Northern Ireland talks

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin welcomed today's developments in the talks on Northern Ireland after three months of deadlock and delay. Read More | Share

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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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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