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Micheál Martin, Leader and Spokesperson on Northern Ireland

Micheál Martin

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Cork South Central

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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

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

Fianna Fáil Leader Condemns Government Arrogance on Water Debate

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has condemned the Government's arrogance in today's debate about the future of Irish Water and water charges, as the Environment Minister Alan Kelly walked out of the Dáil before Opposition Spokespeople responded to his motion on a new charging regime. The entire Opposition withdrew from the House in protest. Read More | Share

FF Leader Meets with Northern Justice Minister

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD met with the Northern Justice Minister David Ford MLA in Stormont today to brief him on his proposal to establish an all-Ireland inquiry into the issue of child abuse by the Provisional IRA and establishing a mechanism to allow victims come forward in safety and with immunity. Read More | Share

Fianna Fáil Leader pays tribute to Brian Farrell

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has paid tribute to the academic and former RTÉ broadcaster Brian Farrell who has died aged 85. Read More | Share

Statement by Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin on the death of Joe Walsh

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has spoken of his sadness following the untimely death of his friend and former colleague Joe Walsh. Read More | Share

Speech by Micheál Martin at Royal College of Surgeons Institute of Leadership Speaker Series

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Speech by FF Leader Micheál Martin TD - Dáil statements on EU Leaders Summit

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Taoiseach’s Threat of 4% Tax Rise in Place of Water Charges Utterly Bogus – FF

Revenue data directly contradicts government claims 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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