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party leader Micheal Martin says he has no plans to retire and vows to lead Fianna Fail into next election

Mr Martin said he had already stated his intention to remain as party leader into the next general election, which is expected in four years' time.

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Taoiseach Micheal Martin

Taoiseach Micheal Martin

Taoiseach Micheal Martin

Micheal Martin has said he has no plans to retire after his stint as Taoiseach and has vowed to lead Fianna Fáil into the next general election.

Mr Martin also ruled out the prospect of a reshuffle of his party's government ministers in the year ahead.

Mr Martin said he was "intrigued" as to why there remained speculation around his position as party leader when his tenure as Taoiseach ends in December 2022.

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar will then assume the role for the remainder of the historic coalition involving his party, Fianna Fáil and the Greens.

Mr Martin said he had already stated his intention to remain as party leader into the next general election, which is expected in four years' time.

"I am intrigued as to how this has developed into a storyline," Mr Martin responded.

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"Yes, I've said this before, I am on the record as saying I intend to lead Fianna Fáil into the next election, yes."

On the potential of a Cabinet reshuffle this year, Mr Martin said he was focusing on government priorities.

"I'm not contemplating a reshuffle this early in the Dáil," he said.

"The ministers are doing well in my view.

"I think Michael McGrath is doing an excellent job in public expenditure.

"Darragh O'Brien has brought great energy to housing.

"Norma Foley has been, in my view, very effective in reopening the schools."

The Taoiseach added that Health Minister Stephen Donnelly had already delivered significant improvements in health service delivery.

The Fianna Fáil leader also said he will consider "early" this year whether to restore the whip to three party senators who attended the controversial Golfgate dinner in Galway in August.

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