Martin Galvin

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For the American poet and teacher, see Martin Galvin (poet).

Martin J. Galvin (born January 8, 1950) is an Irish American lawyer, publisher and activist, and former director of NORAID.[1]


Galvin was born on January 8, 1950, the son of a fireman. He attended Catholic schools, Fordham University and Fordham University School of Law.[2] He previously worked as hearing officer for the New York City Department of Sanitation.[3]

Galvin and his wife, Carmel (born 1956), have a son, Martin, Jr.[4][5]

Political activism[edit]

Galvin was the publicity director for the New York-based NORAID, an Irish American group fund-raising organization which raised money for the families of Irish republican prisoners, but was also accused by the American, British, and Irish governments to be a front for the supply of weapons to the Provisional IRA.[6][7][8] Brian Jenkins, an expert on political violence at the RAND Corp, noted, "A group can move a dollar from its humanitarian budget to its weapons budget to some other budget and it's still a dollar. And if you reduce the burden an organization has to deal with in taking care of its people, you free money for weapons."[9]

Galvin became a publisher of The Irish People in the 1980s. He was banned from Northern Ireland because of a speech he gave that seemed to endorse terrorism. In August 1984 he defied the ban, and slipped across the border. Shortly thereafter a man was killed during a rally in West Belfast when the Royal Ulster Constabulary tried to arrest Galvin.[citation needed]The following year Galvin attended a mass funeral for an IRA member killed when a makeshift grenade launcher he was trying to fire at a local police station exploded in his face.[10] In 1989 Galvin was arrested and deported for violating the exclusion ban yet again.[11]

Galvin has slammed the peace process as a betrayal of republican ideals,[12] and has characterized IRA's decision to open up its arms dumps to international inspectors as a surrender.[13]


  1. ^ "How the peace train pulled out without Martin Galvin". Belfast Telegraph. May 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ "America's Leading Ira Supporter, Martin Galvin, Says He "Understands" Why Terrorists Targeted Mrs. Thatcher". People. September 5, 1984. 
  3. ^ "Martin Galvin's Message". The New York Times. August 15, 1984. 
  4. ^ Reference to Martin Galvin, Jr.,; accessed June 10, 2014.
  5. ^ Wedding of Martin Galvin, Jr. and Emer Larkin,; accessed June 10, 2014.
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  9. ^ "Ties to Terrorism: Extremists Tap Into U.S. Money Tree". Los Angeles Times. March 3, 1988. 
  10. ^ "American Defies Ban and Attends IRA Services". Los Angeles Times. August 10, 1985. 
  11. ^ "Pro-IRA American Seized in Ulster; Had Been Barred". Associated Press. August 16, 1989. 
  12. ^ "'Traitors' — Martin Galvin's Rap for "Sell Out" by Sinn Féin". Sunday World. June 19, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Republican rebels gain strength". The Observer. June 24, 2000. 

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