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 Ireland||Micheál Martin TD|
|Fianna Fáil Whip||Michael Moynihan TD|
|Spokesperson on Finance||Michael McGrath TD|
|Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform||Dara Calleary TD|
|Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade||Darragh O’Brien TD|
|Spokesperson on Regional Development, Rural Affairs and the Gaeltacht||Éamon Ó Cuív TD|
|Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation||Niall Collins TD|
|Spokesperson on Education and Skills||Thomas Byrne TD|
|Spokesperson on Social Protection||Willie O’Dea TD|
|Spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government||Barry Cowen TD|
|Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine||Charlie McConalogue TD|
|Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport||Robert Troy TD|
|Spokesperson on Communications, Environment and Natural Resources||Timmy Dooley TD|
|Spokesperson on Health||Billy Kelleher TD|
|Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs||Anne Rabbitte TD|
|Spokesperson on Justice and Equality||Jim O’Callaghan TD|
|Spokesperson on Defence||Lisa Chambers TD|
|Spokesperson on Arts and Heritage||Niamh Smyth TD|
|Spokesperson on Disability||Margaret Murphy O’Mahony TD|
|Spokesperson on Mental Health||James Browne TD|
|Spokesperson on Dublin||John Lahart TD|
|Fianna Fáil Leader in the Seanad||Senator Catherine Ardagh|