A graduate of University College Dublin and Holy Cross College Drumcondra, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was ordained a priest in 1969 and entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1976, serving in the Pontifical Council of the Family before becoming undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. There he provided a forceful and persuasive voice on issues of poverty, human rights, and social justice. He traveled on conflict-resolution missions to East Timor, Sarajevo, and Rwanda, and later became known as a leading international voice for debt relief while serving as Permanent Observer of the Holy See at the United Nations in Geneva.
As Archbishop of Dublin since 2004, he has continued to work for social justice and societal harmony while striving to restore the Catholic Church’s esteem and respect in Ireland. He has been unsparing in condemning clerical offenses and calling for their redress, and also humble and compassionate towards their victims.Today he is recognized in Ireland, not only as the Archbishop of the largest diocese in Ireland, but also as one of the most influential public intellectuals in Ireland.