Martin, who first made the proposal last summer, said creating a higher education department is necessary to combat Brexit's risks.
This week’s manifesto launches have noticeably sidestepped any decision on the Cassells report.
Níl an t-ardoideachas mar thosaíocht ag na páirtithe móra, agus is léir sin óna réitigh, dar leis an mBord Eagarthóireachta.
Minister for Education Joe McHugh and Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O'Connor made the announcement this morning.
Joanna Siewierska urged politicians to 'stop the commercialisation of higher education'.
The manifesto also prioritise supports for homeless students, students from disadvantaged areas and students in direction provision.
The party also pledged to invest €100 million a year in higher education, but did not commit to any of the funding models in the Cassells report.
The debate is run by the Irish Universities Association, the Union of Students in Ireland, the Technological Higher Education Association and the Royal Irish Academy.
The union also called on Ireland's next government to deliver on the funding recommendations in the Cassells report.
TCDSU President Laura Beston said it 'was really great to see such a positive response from students'.