The Fianna Fáil leader has welcomed the evidence that is being heard at the Banking Inquiry which he says gives a broader context to the political decisions made in recent years.
Micheál Martin says the economic crash the government dealt with in 2008 was akin to the Wall Street Crash of 1929.
Speaking during a visit to Kerry today, Mr Martin said he doesn’t believe he and the ministers of the day were living in a bubble.
But he declined to comment on whether former Finance minister Charlie McCreevy should been have more contrite at the Banking Inquiry yesterday:
Meanwhile, Micheál Martin defended the process by which Fianna Fáil selected its general election candidates in Kerry.
He said there is not a county in Ireland in which the party hasn’t had issues with its selection convention.
Mr Martin also defended the addition of Cllr Norma Moriarty to the party ticket with Cllr John Brassil after the convention: