Romanes Lecture - The centre will hold

This lecture took place on Wednesday 2nd November 2022.

Speaker: Taoiseach Micheál Martin T.D., Prime Minister of Ireland

Micheál Martin was appointed Ireland’s Taoiseach in June 2020, leading a three-party coalition government.

He has served as leader of the Fianna Fáil party since January 2011.

Since entering national politics in 1989, he has held four Ministerial posts: Minister for Foreign Affairs (2008-2011), Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (2004-2008), Minister for Health (2000-2004) and Minister for Education (1997-2000). He also served as Lord Mayor of Cork in 1992-1993. Whilst he was Minister for Health, Micheál Martin oversaw the introduction, in March 2004, of the world’s first national ban on smoking in the workplace for which he received the World Health Organisation Award for Leadership in Global Tobacco Control 2004.

Born in Cork, he attended University College Cork where he qualified with a Bachelor of Arts degree & Masters of Arts in Political History.  

He is the author of Freedom to Choose: Cork and Party Politics in Ireland 1918-1932.