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About Vincent

Vincent P Martin lives with his wife, son and baby daughter at Honeywood, Mullacash, Naas. He commutes daily to work in Dublin as a practising barrister (Senior Counsel).

He was called to the Bar of Ireland (1995), Northern Ireland Bar (2002), the Bar of England and Wales (2010) and was called to the Inner Bar (Senior Counsel) in 2017.


He was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered institute of Arbitrators in 2004.
He is a qualified secondary school teacher and in 1997 founded Public Access to Law (PAL). He is the current director of the Public Access to Law Group (P.A.L.).


PAL strives to make the workings of the legal system more accessible to the public. Since 1997 PAL’s large panel of practising barristers have presented the PAL visiting law module (with follow up exam) to transition year classes throughout the length and breath of Ireland.

This module also prepares teams interested in partaking in the PAL annual mock trials competition. Over 150,000 pupils have partaken in this law programme since its

inception.

For the past 19 consecutive years (with the invaluable assistance of the Courts Service and members of the Judiciary), PAL organises the transition year national mock trials competition.

This is the most popular team competition in transition year. Each year PAL nominates 4 Irish schools to partake in the annual mock trials world championships held in New York.
PAL has also compiled and presented a law programme for Irish male and female prisoners.


Co-founder (2010) of New Beginning, an advocacy group of lawyers founded to represent and campaign for free legal representation in court for distressed borrowers who could not afford to pay for same yet faced the prospect of having their family home repossessed by a lender - thankfully in 2015 the State agreed to provide this essential service.


Vincent has had numerous legal articles published.


He is an avid beekeeper who holds a preliminary certificate in beekeeping proficiency. He is a founder and board member (education officer) of the Kildare Wine Society. He is a member of BirdWatch Kildare.


Vincent is the current Chairperson of the County Kildare Green Party and has been selected by the Kildare Greens to be the party’s candidate to context the North Kildare constituency in the next general election.