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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Remarks by Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin at Parliamentary Party Meeting, Roscommon

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Statement from FF Leader on death of former Northern Ireland First Minister Dr. Ian Paisley

By any measure, Ian Paisley has been a major figure in the modern history of this island. Read More | Share

Taoiseach must explain misleading public on health reform failings – FF

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has called on the Taoiseach to come clean on the glaring failings in Government health policy as Leo Varadkar breaks ranks and lifts the lid on major problems in the government’s reforms. Read More | Share

Beef Farmers are Victims of a Hands-Off Minister – FF Leader

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has said that the country’s beef farmers are paying a heavy price for the lack of focus of an increasingly hands-off Agriculture Minister. Deputy Martin was speaking after meeting with beef farmers in Castlerea County Roscommon. Read More | Share

Europe’s Leaders Must Stand Against Russian Aggression – FF Leader

Responding to developments in Ukraine Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has said: “During the past week already strong evidence that Russia is engaged in military operations in Ukraine has become irrefutable. Just as President Putin did in Crimea, his government is seeking to further undermine and partition a sovereign state. Read More | Share

Statement from Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD

It was with great sadness this morning that I learned of the death of my former colleague and party leader Albert Reynolds. Read More | Share

Berehaven Credit Union Situation Should Serve as Wake-Up Call – FF Leader

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has said that the closure of Berehaven Credit Union should act as a wake-up call for the Government on the crisis in rural Ireland and the critical role that the Credit Union movement plays in the country’s social fabric. Read More | Share

FF Leader Dismisses Government Seanad Proposals as ‘Window Dressing’

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has dismissed the Government's proposed 'major reforms' of the Seanad as simple window dressing, pointing to the Government's failure to even address the central criticism of the Seanad - namely the method by which members are elected. Read More | Share

Speech of FF Leader Micheál Martin TD, MacGill Summer School, July 22, 2014

Speech of Micheál Martin TD, Leader of Fianna Fáil, MacGill Summer School Session “How to restore trust between the governed and the governing”, 20th July 2014 Read More | Share

FF Leader welcomes review of cuts to 26 disability organisations

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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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