Less than 24 hours after promising an end to “old politics”, the incoming government has abandoned one of its key pledges in relation to political reform, Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD for Kildare South and Fianna Fáil Whip said today. 

Speaking on RTE’s News at One today Deputy Willie Penrose confirmed that the new Taoiseach Enda Kenny would be appointing 15 Ministers of State, abandoning Fine Gael’s previous commitment to limiting the number to a maximum of 12.

Responding to this Deputy Ó Fearghaíl said: “After telling the people that honesty is the ‘only policy’, it seems that Enda Kenny has reverted back to type with more politics as usual.  The promised departure from broken pledges and ‘old politics’ appears to have been a false dawn”.

“It is disappointing that just a day after such effective rhetoric on new starts and ‘fundamental change’ that it should be abandoned in favour of old style politics and jobs for the boys.”