About Senator Vincent P. Martin
Senator Vincent P. Martin
Green Party member of Seanad Eireann. Senior Counsel.
Vincent is married with two young children living in Naas. Vincent is a qualified barrister (senior counsel).
He is passionate about improving the quality of life of our local communities especially in the ever changing and challenging context of Kildare being Ireland's largest commuter county.
Vincent was elected as a member to Kildare County Council in May 2019 having topped the poll in the Naas Municipal District. An historic breakthrough was made for the Green Party in County Kildare in May 2019 when 3 Green County Councillors were elected to Kildare County Council.
Vincent holds the unique distinction of being elected to two different County Councils in two different provinces as Vincent was previously elected as a member of Monaghan County Council from 2004 to 2009. He is also a former Mayor of Carrickmacross Town Council. During his time as a County Councillor in Monaghan he played a prominent role in the Patrick Kavanagh Centenary Celebrations having established a Patrick Kavanagh local literary trail in Carrickmacross which comprises 20 bronze plaques with quotations from his writings erected around the town centre. The then Miss World Rosanna Davidson officially launched the trail. He featured in an RTE award winning Prime Time Investigates programme which highlighted and warned against sporadic and haphazard rezoning of lands. He was the founder of Carrickmacross Farmers’ Market and Community Garden Allotments.
Vincent has had numerous current affairs and legal articles published. His poetry has also been published.
Vincent is founder and director of Going Plastic Free Irl. (GPF) based in Naas. See some of the initiatives of Going Plastic Free Irl. (GPF) by accessing the video section of this website.
He was a co-founder of the New Beginning group of lawyers which offered support and free legal advice to thousands of people who faced the imminent loss of their homes during the recession.
He devised the annual transition year mock trials competition and visiting law programme (PAL) which to date has been delivered to over 160,000 pupils nationwide. He also devised Ireland’s first legal education programme delivered by practising barristers for male and female prisoners in Ireland.
An avid beekeeper, Vincent is a member of the North Kildare Beekeepers' Association. He is pioneering and piloting the growth of outdoor vines in Ireland as he believes in the future this option will present a viable and attractive agri-diversification choice for some farmers in Ireland. He is a founding member and education officer of the Wine Society of Ireland based in Naas, a member of Bird Watch Kildare and Kildare IFA.
Former President of Maynooth Students' Union, Vincent began his working career as a secondary school teacher.
In the General Election held in the Kildare North constituency in February 2020, Vincent polled in excess of 10% of the first preference vote which was the 7th highest Green Party voting performance in the election. Following the formation of the Government in June 2020, Vincent became a member of Seanad Éireann. Colm Kenny was nominated by the Kildare Greens to replace him on Kildare County Council.
Vincent is the Green Party spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Defence with special responsibility for Brexit.