Seamus Martin

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Seamus Martin (born 1942, in Dublin) is the retired international editor of The Irish Times and is the brother and only sibling of Diarmuid Martin the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. He is a member of board of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland the State regulatory body for broadcasting in the Republic of Ireland.

Born in Dublin in 1942, he was educated at Gormanston College in County Meath and the College of Commerce Rathmines (now part of the Dublin Institute of Technology). He also studied economics at L'Ecole de la Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris.

Martin has been one of Ireland's most versatile journalists, having been a leading sports commentator in his younger days in The Irish Press and the Irish Independent, sports editor of the Sunday Tribune and a columnist in the Evening Herald. Later he became Features Editor of The Irish Times, a columnist in that newspaper and afterwards a foreign correspondent who covered the two most important stories of the late 20th century.[1]

As Moscow Correspondent of The Irish Times, he covered the collapse of communism and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. As South Africa correspondent, he covered the rise of Nelson Mandela from prisoner to president, the dissolution of the apartheid regime and the arrival of democracy in South Africa. Later he became Editor of the electronic editions of The Irish Times, winning several awards, including the Swiss IP Top award as best international news site in 1998.

In the course of his career, his political views have moved from left wing to left of centre though he never supported ultra-left views. As an active Trades Unionist he has been a member of the London-based National Executive Council of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), Cathaoirleach (Chairperson) of the Irish Council of the NUJ and "Father" of the Irish Times Chapel of the NUJ.

His documentary series Death of an Empire on the fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of the New Russia won Gold at the 2012 "New York Festivals World's Best Radio Programs" Awards.[2]

His novel Duggan's Destiny received favourable reviews in Ireland and the United States, notably from Kirkus Reviews. His memoir Good Times and Bad published by Mercier Press in 2008 has been a bestseller in Ireland and his TV documentaries Martin's Moscow and Time on your hands in Latvia have been widely shown on RTÉ television.

In retirement, he lives in Ireland and spends some months of the year in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France where he maintains a small house and a smaller vineyard. He continues to work occasionally as a freelance from Russia and elsewhere for The Sunday Business Post and the Irish Examiner as well as for The Irish Times, he was interviewed on Russia Today supporting the EU-sponsored report on the Russia-Georgia war in 2008.[3]

In March 2018, he wrote a controversial opinion piece for The Irish Times concerning the Poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, in which he claimed that it was unlikely that Vladimir Putin was responsible for the attack. [4] In this piece, Martin claimed of the Novichok nerve agent "that it could have been smuggled out of the former Soviet Union as far back as 1993" and that "it is also possible that Novichok has since been produced illegally". No evidence was provided to support either claim.


  1. ^ Good Times and Bad: From the Coombe to the Kremlin: A Memoir by Seamus Martin (Mercier Press 2008)
  2. ^ "2012 World's Best Radio Programs Winners". New York Festivals. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 
  3. ^ supporting the EU sponsored report on the 2008 Russia-Georgia war EU Report on Georgia War Seamus Martin on Russia Today
  4. ^ Unlikely that Vladimir Putin behind Skripal poisoning Seamus Martin
  • Duggan's Destiny Poolbeg Press 1997
  • Good Times and Bad (From the Coombe to the Kremlin- a memoir) Mercier Press 2008

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