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.

Local News

Time for Enda Kenny to stand up his claims in face-to-face debate – FF Leader

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has said that it is time that Enda Kenny came out from behind the protection of set piece events and anonymous briefings and face him in proper debate. Read More | Share

Speech by Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD at Dinner in honour of Seamus Mallon

I have always welcomed opportunities to visit and speak in Armagh but tonight is very special. It is rare that you get the chance to pay tribute in person to a genuinely historic figure. Read More | Share

Government attack on One Parent Families continues – Martin

Fianna Fáil Leader and TD for Cork South Central Micheál Martin says the Minister for Social Protection is singling out one parent families in Cork for more cuts this year. Almost 6,500 families in Cork are in receipt of the One Parent Family Payment, but because of changes to the scheme, brought in as part of Budget 2012, hundreds if not thousands of these families will see their payments cut this July. Read More | Share

Fianna Fáil bootcamp for female candidates an important next step in campaign

Fianna Fáil is rolling out the next step in its campaign to support women interested in running for election for the party. The election bootcamp, scheduled for March 7th in Dublin's Dean Hotel, is one element of the party's roll-out of activities arising from the Markievicz Commission Report, the programme aimed at increasing female participation in Fianna Fáil politics. Read More | Share

Speech by Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin at UCC Journalism Conference on Media Bias

I would like to thank you for your invitation to speak this morning particularly because you have chosen such an important topic – one which goes to the heart of our social and political culture. Read More | Share

FF Leader welcomes decision on Soliris

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has welcomed the announcement that a life-saving drug will be provided to people suffering from a rare genetic blood disorder. Agreement has been reached between health authorities and the manufacturer and Soliris will be made available to a small number of patients suffering from the condition. Read More | Share

Ceann Comhairle must withdraw accusations if he is to enjoy continued confidence

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has called on the Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett TD to immediately withdraw comments made earlier this morning on the Sean O'Rourke Show. In an extraordinary interview, the Ceann Comhairle chose not to explain why he ommitted to inform the Dáil of a letter he had received from Deputy Shatter in November last. The letter was trying to influence the Ceann Comhairle to take certain decisions in relation to an important discussion on a Commision of Inquiry. Instead, Deputy Barrett made a series of charges about Fianna Fáil's motivation in raising concerns about his decision, claiming that these actions were based on an effort to undermine him. Read More | Share

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

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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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