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Micheál Martin’s new podcast may not win any awards, but its focus on positivity is to be welcomed

Tánaiste Micheál Martin had Dr Mark Henry as the first guest on his new podcast

Let’s be honest, Micheál Martin isn’t going to be gracing the stage at the Irish Podcast Awards anytime soon. The Tánaiste has many qualities but, based on the inaugural episode of his ‘In Conversation with….’ series, he shouldn’t be thinking of giving up the day job just yet.

To be fair, given the man has done tens of thousands of interviews during his 34 years in national politics, it’s no surprise that he struggled to ...