Enda Kenny yesterday announced his list of Deputy spokespersons. They are as follows:
Special Responsibilities Name Food & Fisheries Shane McEntee TD CAP Reform Noel Coonan TD Forestry Tom Sheahan TD Telecommunications Michael D’Arcy TD Competition and Consumer Olivia Mitchell TD Protection Gaeltacht Dinny McGinley TD Lifelong Learning Ulick Burke TD & School Transport Enterprise & Employment Kieran O’Donnell TD Local & Community Development James Bannon TD Housing Terence Flanagan TD Public Expenditure Brian Hayes TD Banking & Credit Damien English TD European Affairs Michael Creed TD Human Rights/ODA Pat Breen TD Irish Diaspora Paul Connaughton TD Primary Care & Disability Denis Naughten TD Mental Health Dan Neville TD Immigration, Integration Lucinda Creighton TD & Equality Pension & Welfare Reform Billy Timmins TD Road Safety Tom Hayes TD Sport John O’Mahony TD Assistant Whip (and Juvenile Joe Carey TD Justice) North-South Cooperation Joe McHugh TD
It is good to see Dan Neville staying with Mental Health because his is doing amazing work in that area. It is interesting to see that Lucinda Creighton stays a spokesperson, moving to Immigration, but she will be missed in European Affairs! Michael Creed takes over on European Affairs, that one worries me slightly, I have never really heard him talk about Europe. Noel Coonan has been appointed spokesperson on CAP Reform which shows that FG is taking it seriously. Paul Connaughton gets Irish Diaspora, which is a bit of strange one to me.
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