Fleming 'not disappointed' to be left out of FF frontbench
Fianna Fáil TD Seán Fleming - who was left out of Micheál Martin's new frontbench - says he's not disappointed as he expects to be appointed as a committee chairman. The party's former spokesman on public expenditure has been tipped to chair the powerful Public Accounts Committee.
Last night, the Laois TD said he wasn't disappointed to be left out of Mr Martin's new team of spokespeople. "I think there's a great opportunity and a great challenge in the chairmanship of the committee that I expect to be nominated to," Mr Fleming told the Irish Independent. He said he couldn't say which committee that is as it has yet to be set up, but added that ultimately the appointment will be "Micheál's call".
Veteran TDs Brendan Smith and John McGuinness were also left out of Mr Martin's new team but may yet be appointed to chair committees.
Mr Martin said that in selecting his new frontbench, he "sought to blend experience and new energy" and he wasn't appointing anyone who will serve as a committee chairperson.
Fianna Fáil had no women TDs in the last Dáil. Mr Martin appointed four women to roles, with Lisa Chambers getting Defence, Niamh Smyth getting Arts, Margaret Murphy O'Mahoney getting the Disability portfolio and Anne Rabbitte getting the Children's portfolio.
Michael Moynihan has been named party whip, and Michael McGrath will remain the party's Finance spokesman.