Friday 22 September 2017

The chosen ones: Fianna Fail's new 'war cabinet'

ine Kerr Political Correspondent

Mary Hanafin (Dun Laoghaire)

Deputy leader and Environment

Her appointment provides Fianna Fail with both a Dublin and a gender balance, while providing her with a profile boost ahead of the Dun Laoghaire seat battle.

Brian Lenihan (Dublin West)

Finance

The Finance Minister remains the party's chief economic expert and will be required to defend the Government's record and four-year plan.

John Curran (Dublin Mid West)

Justice and Law Reform

The Government Chief Whip will have the legacy of Dermot Ahern to defend, while taking Pat Rabbitte and Alan Shatter to task.

Dara Calleary (Mayo)

Enterprise

The junior minister for public sector reform, who nominated Micheal Martin for the leadership, takes on the more senior portfolio vacated by the retiring Enterprise Minister Batt O'Keeffe

Barry Andrews (Dun Laoghaire)

Health and Children

The Children's Minister is already familiar with this brief and can continue his public argument for a Constitution on children's rights.

Mary Coughlan (Donegal South West)

Education

No longer the deputy leader, she can concentrate on her ministerial portfolio when it comes to drawing up new policies.

Brendan Smith (Cavan-Monaghan)

Agriculture

The Agriculture Minister was the obvious (in fact, the only) choice for the agriculture debates and helping to secure vital rural votes.

Eamon O Cuiv (Galway West)

Social Protection

The runner-up leadership contender, who is the most senior TD in the west, retains his main ministerial portfolio for the campaign debates

Senator Marc MacSharry (Sligo-North Leitrim)

Tourism & Arts

One of the few non-TDs with a reasonable chance of securing a seat has been giving the good news portfolio of the Minister for Fun.

Niall Collins (Limerick West)

Defence

Promotion for the highly-articulate backbencher who is often mentioned as a future leader.

Willie O'Dea (Limerick East)

Communications

The controversial former Defence Minister has been brought back from the wilderness after making himself one of the most public backers for Micheal Martin's candidacy as leader.

Peter Power (Limerick East)

Foreign Affairs

The junior minister for Irish Aid has been given an obvious promotion, having already built up expertise in the area.

Pat Carey (Dublin North West)

Community, Equality & Gaeltacht Affairs

The sole Fianna Fail candidate in Dublin North West is rewarded for his staunch and continuous defence of the Government's actions.

Averil Power (Dublin North East)

Political Reform

The adviser to Mary Hanafin ran in the 2009 local elections and is now hoping to retain the seat of retiring TD Michael Woods.

Billy Kelleher (Cork Nth Central)

Transport

The first junior minister to go public in his support for Micheal Martin, against the motion of confidence in Brian Cowen, has been rewarded for his loyalty.

Michael McGrath (Cork South Central)

Financial Sector Reform

The highly capable backbencher shares a constituency with Michael Martin and has been rewarded for finally coming out and supporting him in the leadership campaign

Sean Fleming (Laois-Offaly)

Public Sector Reform

Overlooked by his constituency colleague, Taoiseach Brian Cowen, he has a good grasp of economic affairs and is a competent debater.

Darragh O'Brien (Dublin North)

Sport

The robust debater faces an uphill struggle to hold his seat but a new, increased profile may see him, and not Michael Kennedy, over the line.

John McGuinness (Carlow-Kilkenny)

Small Business

The rebellious former junior minister, who was demoted by Taoiseach Brian Cowen, returns to the spotlight after months of criticising Mr Cowen's leadership from the fringes.

Cllr Mary Fitzpatrick (Dublin Central)

Housing & Urban Development

Shafted by Bertie Ahern's election machine in 2007, the councillor is vying to take a seat against sitting Fianna Fail TD Cyprian Brady.

Cllr Jim O'Callaghan Senior Counsel (Dublin South East)

Legal adviser to the frontbench and spokesman on Constitutional Reform

Not running this time out but a possible Attorney General for the future.

Irish Independent

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News