Meet the Martins: Taoiseach’s family shaped by working-class roots

Micheál Martin’s siblings say their home in Turner’s Cross was ‘far from middle class’

Mairéad Martin-Richmond, sister of the Taoiseach, at the Martin family home in Turners Cross, Cork city. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Mairéad Martin-Richmond, sister of the Taoiseach, at the Martin family home in Turners Cross, Cork city. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

As a special needs assistant at Bunscoil Chríost Rí in Turner’s Cross on the south side of Cork city, Mairéad Martin-Richmond is often asked how she manages financially.

Martin-Richmond, a 59-year-old separated mother of two grown-up children, is a sister of Taoiseach Micheál Martin and says her family’s working-class roots keep her grounded.

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