Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has today confirmed his front bench for the 32nd Dáil.

Deputy Martin commented, “Fianna Fáil has played a central role in creating the opportunity for a new approach to politics in this Dáil and in this country.  Having driven forward the political reform agenda immediately after the General Election and by facilitating the establishment of a minority government with a confidence and supply agreement, the potential now exists for a parliament where good ideas can flourish and where good law, no matter where it originates, can be supported by a majority of representatives on a cross party basis and can be enacted.

“Building on our work to date, I am determined that the Fianna Fáil party will play a central role in this new reformed Dáil and will drive forward our vision of an Ireland for all and work to implement the manifesto commitments our mandate is based on.

“This effort will include our entire Oireachtas team, and will be led by the front bench we are announcing today.  In choosing this team, I have sought to blend experience and new energy, drawing on the diverse talents of our newly enlarged Dáil party.  We will be a responsible and constructive opposition party, supporting Government initiatives which we believe to be in the best interests of the nation, but resolutely opposing those we do not.  Where we oppose, we will be bringing forward what we believe to be better and fairer alternatives and working to build consensus in this new Dáil.

“We believe that the Government is wrong in abolishing the role of Minister for Defence and in downgrading the prominence of the Arts.  For that reason I am appointing dedicated spokespeople to address both these portfolios.  Given the crises unfolding in both areas, I am also appointing specific Spokespeople on Disability and Mental Health.

“In the new reformed Dáil, the Oireachtas committees will play an absolutely crucial role and under the D’Hondt system, Fianna Fáil will have the opportunity to nominate Chairs to a number of those committees.  I look forward to announcing those nominees and a number of junior spokespeople roles over the coming weeks.  Today I have also reappointed Brendan Smith TD as Chairman of the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party.”

Leader and Spokesperson on Northern IrelandMicheál Martin TD
Fianna Fáil WhipMichael Moynihan TD
Spokesperson on FinanceMichael McGrath TD
Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and ReformDara Calleary TD
Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and TradeDarragh O’Brien TD
Spokesperson on Regional Development, Rural Affairs and the GaeltachtÉamon Ó Cuív TD
Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and InnovationNiall Collins TD
Spokesperson on Education and SkillsThomas Byrne TD
Spokesperson on Social ProtectionWillie O’Dea TD
Spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local GovernmentBarry Cowen TD
Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the MarineCharlie McConalogue TD
Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and SportRobert Troy TD
Spokesperson on Communications, Environment and Natural ResourcesTimmy Dooley TD
Spokesperson on HealthBilly Kelleher TD
Spokesperson on Children and Youth AffairsAnne Rabbitte TD
Spokesperson on Justice and EqualityJim O’Callaghan TD
Spokesperson on DefenceLisa Chambers TD
Spokesperson on Arts and HeritageNiamh Smyth TD
Spokesperson on DisabilityMargaret Murphy O’Mahony TD
Spokesperson on Mental HealthJames Browne TD
Spokesperson on DublinJohn Lahart TD
Fianna Fáil Leader in the SeanadSenator Catherine Ardagh