In bringing together this frontbench I have decided to draw on the party’s full base of TDs, Senators, councillors and candidates. We have hundreds of representatives in all parts of the country and I am determined that we find ways of harnessing all of their energy and experience.
While the majority have not held Cabinet positions, all have shown a commitment to the development of innovative policies and a practical agenda to move our country forward.
I am very pleased that Mary Hanafin has agreed to serve as Deputy Leader. We share a vision of our Party campaigning with energy on the basis of a renewed programme and reaching out to people in all parts of the country.
Overall, fourteen of the twenty one names I am announcing have not served in Cabinet. With the exception of Mary Hanafin, who will serve as spokesperson on Environment & Local Government, I have asked serving ministers to continue to be spokespeople in their areas.
In addition to appointing spokespersons to cover current Government Departments I am creating positions which relate to key elements of the political, financial and public service reform programme which we will be setting out during this campaign.
As we reach the eve of the election campaign it is increasingly clear that the people want an election of substance which is focused on the future. For our part, Fianna Fáil is determined that the people will see a campaign which is as serious as the issues our country faces.
Micheál Martin announces the new Fianna Fáil frontbench. Click on the play button below to listen.
The new Fianna Fáil Frontbench is as follows: