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Martin targets cabinet portfolio shake-up with focus on third-level education and 'essential' research

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Idea: Micheál Martin also suggested tourism may needs its own standalone department. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Idea: Micheál Martin also suggested tourism may needs its own standalone department. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Idea: Micheál Martin also suggested tourism may needs its own standalone department. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin wants a significant shake-up of cabinet portfolios if he enters a coalition government with Fine Gael.

Mr Martin wants a new department to solely focus on third-level education and research.

He has also suggested tourism may need a standalone department to address the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the sector.