The majority of Fianna Fáil members and supporters are rejoicing at the recent election of party leader Micheál Martin as the country's 15th Taoiseach and are hoping he and the new government can make a difference in the planned 5 years ahead regarding Brexit, jobs, health, housing, climate change, agriculture etc.

With the support of his party TDs, together with Fine Gael, Green Party and Independent TDs, Mr Martin was elected last Saturday June 27th, as the 33rd Dáil, elected on February 8th, finally formed a new Government.

He will hold the position of Taoiseach until the end of 2022, when FG leader, the outgoing Taoiseach and new Tanaiste Leo Varadkar, is set to return to the role for the remainder of the term of office of the 3-party administration.

The Minister for Health and Children, Micheál Martin pictured at an excellence awards presentation ceremony for FCI Ireland in 2001 with l-r: Aisling Abernethy, Pauline Willis and Helen McCrohan. (The Avondhu Archives)

Elected as the eight leader of Fianna Fáil on January 26, 2011, Micheál Martin, who will be 60 in August, was first elected to Dail Eireann in 1989 and has been a regular visitor to The Avondhu area over the years, fondly speaking of his visits and stays at Walshs – his cousins in Mitchelstown and Glanworth over the years.


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