The Fianna Fail leader 1917 East Clare By-Election changed the course of Irish History.
Mícheál Martin is speaking ahead of his visit to Ennis this weekend, where he will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the election of Éamon DeValera.
Commemorative events begin at Glór at 12 noon on Sunday, followed by a full-dress parade to O’Connell Monument at 2.30 for a re-enactment of the election at the site of some of DeValera’s most famous speeches.
Deputy Martin says the event paved the way for a changed Ireland.
You can listen back to the interview with Micheál on Morning Focus in full here.