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About Senator Vincent P. Martin

Senator Vincent P. Martin

Green Party member of Seanad Eireann. Senior Counsel.

I was elected as a member to Kildare County Council in May 2019, having topped the poll in the Naas Municipal District. I hold the unique distinction of being elected to two different County Councils in two different provinces as I was a member of Monaghan County Council from 2004 to 2009. I am also a former Mayor of Carrickmacross Town Council. Following the formation of the Government in June 2020, I became a member of Seanad Éireann and I am the Green Party Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Defence with Responsibility for Brexit.

I am a qualified barrister (senior counsel) and 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. I devised the annual transition year mock trials competition and visiting law programme (PAL), which has been delivered to over 160,000 pupils nationwide and I devised Ireland’s first legal education programme delivered by practising barristers for male and female prisoners in Ireland.

An avid beekeeper, I am a member of the North Kildare Beekeepers' Association. I am a founding member and education officer of the Wine Society of Ireland based in Naas, a member of Bird Watch Kildare and Kildare IFA. I am also the founder and director of Going Plastic Free Irl. based in Naas.