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On Irish Tourism and Foreign Policy

Tourism and International Relations
Micheál Martin

An Interview with Áine Doyle

Providence, RI, 16 June 2015 

Micheál Martin TD is the Fianna Fáil Party Leader. He has been a Teachta Dála for the Cork South Central constituency since 1989. Deputy Martin has held a number of senior cabinet positions in the Government of Ireland including Minister for Education, Minister for Health, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, and Minister for Foreign Affairs. As Minister for Health and Children in 2004, he introduced a ban on tobacco smoking in all Irish workplaces (Ireland was the first country to introduce a full workplace smoking ban). As Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2009, Deputy Martin was the first Irish government minister to travel to Latin America and officially visit Cuba. In 2010, he became the first Western foreign minister to visit Gaza since Hamas took control. He was also the first Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ireland to successfully bid for the chairmanship-in-office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. A graduate of University College Cork, Deputy Martin published the findings of his thesis in Freedom to Choose: Cork & Party Politics in Ireland 1918–1932 (Collins Press, 2009).