Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has made the following changes to the responsibilities and composition of the party’s frontbench.

Deputy Leader Dara Calleary TD will take responsibility for Regional Development, Rural Affairs and the Gaeltacht, while John Curran TD will join the frontbench as Spokesperson for National Drug Policy and Urban Affairs.

Deputy Martin commented, “I am pleased to announce these important developments.

“John Curran has an immense depth of experience in urban regeneration and drugs policy, and will bring new focus and energy to an issue that has been entirely neglected by this Government.

“Meanwhile, the continued decline of rural Ireland and Fine Gael’s failure to manage any sort of regional balance in terms of investment and job creation is a pressing national priority.  The appointment of our Deputy Leader to this portfolio demonstrates Fianna Fáil’s determination to hold the Government to account and secure a change in direction.

“I wish John and Dara well in their new roles.”