Martin unveils Fianna Fail frontbench roles
Published 12/04/2011 | 16:40
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin pledged a constructive and robust opposition as he unveiled a frontbench role for each of the party's 20 TDs.
Mr Martin said his team balanced experience with fresh perspectives and he accused the government of spin and optics since taking office.
He defended appointing Brian Lenihan to the finance brief, claiming it was important to have someone with an insight into the financial crisis.
"I think in my view it's important that somebody who is aware of all that went on over the last two years has important insights to offer and perspectives to offer on the current situation," Mr Martin said.
Mr Martin took a swipe at the Fine Gael-Labour government saying a lot of the promises made during the election campaign had not come true, such as ensuring major European bank lenders take a hit on losses.
He accused the government parties of acting as if they were still campaigning for the election and he said they needed to get down to the work of governing.
"There is spinning all over. And it's a good line for the first six months, everything is someone else's fault," he said.
"They were well aware during the election campaign, they were well aware for a year or two years in advance in terms of the severity of the economic crisis and the banking crisis not just here but globally.
"And I think they over did it over the last two years, and they overdid it in terms of their cynicism and in terms of their electioneering and I think now they have a lot of hostages to fortune."
The new frontbench spokespeople include:
Micheal Martin - Party leader and spokesman on Northern Ireland.
Brian Lenihan - Finance
Sean O Fearghail - Fianna Fail whip and Foreign Affairs spokesman.
Michael McGrath - Public expenditure and Financial reform
Sean Fleming - Public sector reform
Brendan Smith - Education and skills
Willie O'Dea - Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation
Niall Collins - Environment, Community and Local Government
Barry Cowen - Social Protection
Charlie McConalogue - Children
Dara Calleary - Justice, Equality and Defence
Billy Kelleher - Health
Timmy Dooley - Transport, Tourism and Sport
Eamon O'Cuiv - Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
Michael Moynihan - Agriculture and Food
Robert Troy - Arts and Heritage
John Browne - Marine and Fisheries
Seamus Kirk - Horticulture and Rural Affairs
Micheal Kitt - Housing, Planning and Gaeltacht Affairs.
John McGuinness - Small Business Regulatory Framework and Fianna Fail nominee for chairman of the Dail Public Accounts Committee.
Dublin South-East councillor Jim O'Callaghan will be the party's legal adviser.