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Micheal Martin

Micheal Martin

Newly-elected Taoiseach Micheal Martin paid a flying visit back to his Cork home to celebrate with his family after they were unable to attend his election or Aras an Uachtarain ceremony.

Mr Martin was greeted by his wife, Mary, and his three children as he made the first inaugural visit back to Leeside by a Cork-born Taoiseach since his boyhood hero Jack Lynch in 1966.

The former teacher savoured a hero's welcome back in his quiet Ballinlough estate with neighbours and friends erecting bunting to celebrate his election as Taoiseach.

He immediately signalled an end to old Civil War political divisions. Mr Martin revealed one of his first acts will be to hang portraits of Eamon de Valera and Michael Collins side-by-side in the Taoiseach's office.

He said he got the inspiration for the move when he spotted the social media footage of former Taoiseach Leo Varadkar taking down the Michael Collins portrait as he handed over his office.

"Leo Varadkar said to me during the week that he has taken the portrait of Michael Collins down - and I said: 'Do you know, I might put it back up?' I will put de Valera up next to him just to symbolise what has happened in terms of the formation of this Government.

"I have a wonderful portrait of de Valera up in my Opposition office - I will bring that over. Sean Lemass is there already. We will also find a place for a bust of Jack Lynch too."

Belfast Telegraph