Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Defence Seán Ó Fearghaíl has called on the Taoiseach to move quickly to appoint a new Minister for Defence.

Responsibility for the Defence portfolio currently lies with the Taoiseach’s department on a temporary basis, following the resignation of Alan Shatter last week.

Deputy Ó Fearghaíl commented, “I am concerned about how long this ‘interim’ arrangement might last.  We cannot allow a situation where no Cabinet Minister is appointed to the role before the summer recess. 

“There’s a possibility of further Ministerial changes after the local and European elections, but we don’t know if this will be before or after the summer recess.  I sincerely hope that the Taoiseach does not intend to delegate the Department of Defence to a Minister of State either in the medium or longer term.
“The next Dáil questions to the Minister for Defence are scheduled for late June.  At the very least, the next Minister for Defence should be settled in the role some weeks before then.  Anything less would indicate a fundamental lack of respect for the position of Defence Minister and for the Defence Forces as a whole.”