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New York trip a welcome break from tricky topics for Micheál Martin

Taoiseach buoyed by week-long trip to New York that shows life is returning to normal, but faces back into many challenges at home 

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Micheál Martin speaking during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York last Monday. Picture by Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg

Micheál Martin speaking during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York last Monday. Picture by Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg

Micheál Martin with New York governor Kathy Hochul in New York last Monday. Picture by Seth Wenig/AP Photo

Micheál Martin with New York governor Kathy Hochul in New York last Monday. Picture by Seth Wenig/AP Photo

Micheál Martin speaking at the UN Council for Foreign Relations in New York last Wednesday. Picture by Don Pollard/CFR/PA Wire

Micheál Martin speaking at the UN Council for Foreign Relations in New York last Wednesday. Picture by Don Pollard/CFR/PA Wire

The Taoiseach addresses the General Debate of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City last Friday. Picture by Peter Foley/Pool via REUTERS

The Taoiseach addresses the General Debate of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City last Friday. Picture by Peter Foley/Pool via REUTERS

Micheál Martin with Jarlath Doherty and Caroline Doherty in New York

Micheál Martin with Jarlath Doherty and Caroline Doherty in New York

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Micheál Martin speaking during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York last Monday. Picture by Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg

Even when he was not being quizzed by the travelling Irish press corps about awkward domestic matters such as whether he would meet Katherine Zappone or if he would subject ministers to polygraph tests to crack down on leaks, Micheál Martin could not escape some of the more challenging issues facing the Coalition back home.

The mica protests came to midtown Manhattan on Wednesday when Donegal natives Jarlath Doherty and Caroline Doherty (no relation) turned up at Fitzpatrick’s Hotel where the Taoiseach stayed for the five nights he was in the US.


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