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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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

Fianna Fáil Leader welcomes Marriage Referendum result

“Today’s referendum result on marriage equality is a remarkable achievement,” Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has said. Read More | Share

Starmer Review raises more questions for Adams – FF Leader

The Sir Keir Starmer review of the PPS handling of Mairia Cahill's abuse case has found significant failings by the PPS in pursuing the case. Over 14 findings the report found unacceptable delays, inadequate communication and insufficient consideration of the sequencing of the cases involved. Read More | Share

FF Leader seeks safety assurances following fatal stabbing at Cork Prison

The Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has called on Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to give assurances about prisoner and staff safety at Cork Prison, following a fatal stabbing. Read More | Share

FF leader to raise concerns of small business owners following visit to Carlow

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin TD has vowed to raise concerns of small business owners on the floor of the Dáil following a recent visit to Carlow. Deputy Martin met with business owners following a request by Fianna Fáil bye-election candidate for Carlow-Kilkenny Bobby Aylward. Read More | Share

Fianna Fáil Launches National Campaign for YES vote in Marriage Referendum

Fianna Fáil has officially launched its campaign for a Yes vote in the forthcoming referendum on marriage. Party Leader Micheál Martin said today that a yes vote in the referendum on May 22nd would be “an important reaffirmation of the positive role of marriage in our society.” Read More | Share

Speech of FF Leader Micheál Martin at the launch of FF Marriage Equality campaign

Thank you for attending today’s formal launch of Fianna Fáil’s campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum on marriage equality. Read More | Share

Adding a Judge to Siteserv review still falls short of proper inquiry – FF Leader

The Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has criticised the Government's announcement of an extremely narrow 'review' into certain transactions at IBRC leading up to the controversial sale of Siteserv. Read More | Share

Strong Dublin representation on new FF National Executive

Five Dublin Fianna Fáil representatives were selected to represent the party’s grassroots members on the party’s National Executive. Thousands of delegates attended the party’s Ard Fheis in the RDS at the weekend. They voted to elect Mary Byrne (Dublin Bay South) Lorraine Clifford (Dublin Fingal), Kate Feeney (Dun Laoghaire), Jennifer Cuffe (Dun Laoghaire) and Alan Bracken (Dublin Bay North) to the Fianna Fáil Ard Comhairle. 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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