Statement from FF Leader following decision by NI First Minister to retire

Published on: 19 November 2015

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has wished Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson well in his upcoming retirement.  His comments came following confirmation that the Northern Ireland First Minister will not seek re-election in the upcoming Assembly elections and that he will step down as DUP Leader and First Minister in advance of that.

Deputy Martin commented, “As Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2008 – 2011 I worked closely with Peter, including the negotiations surrounding the devolution of policing and justice to the North.  I always found him to be a pragmatic and straightforward politician who was serious about moving Northern Ireland forward.  In his role as Deputy Leader to Ian Paisley and then as the Leader of his party and Northern Ireland’s First Minister, there is no doubt that he made a significant contribution to the journey that the island of Ireland has been on.  We wish him and his family well in his retirement.”

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