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  • Southside

Major moves for our Southside politicians

Monday, 4th December, 2017 6:00pm
Major moves for our Southside politicians

Cllr Cormac Devlin and the new Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan.

Major moves for our Southside politicians

Cllr Cormac Devlin and the new Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan.

IT IS time for fresh thinking to restore confidence in politics, the Fianna Fáil Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Councillor Cormac Devlin said, as he was selected to contest the general election in Dun Laoghaire last week.

Up to 200 members and supporters gathered in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dublin for the selection convention chaired by Senator Gerry Horkan.

Speaking following his nomination on Wednesday night,  Cllr Devlin, a former and former cathaoirleach of the local council thanked councillors Kate Feeney and  Mary Hanafin for putting themselves forward at convention and party members for placing their trust in him to secure a seat in the constituency.

“It is a great honour and privilege to be selected at convention,” he said. “I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all those who have supported me.

“The message from the public is clear; this Government is failing. It is failing to deliver on housing, on an efficient health service and failing in the very basic administration of Government.

“Homelessness has consistently increased under this Taoiseach, pensioners are being left to go blind for the want of a 20 minute operation, while the department of justice has been allowed run amuck. 

“It is clear that we need a change and at the next election, whenever it comes, the choice is clear. 

“A Taoiseach addicted to spin who seems more interested in the colour of his socks than the good administration of Government, or Michéal Martin who has demonstrated ability and cool leadership. I know my choice. 

He added: “Communities across this constituency have huge potential and have so much to offer our capital when supported and resourced. I am determined to renew confidence in the belief that adequate solutions to Ireland’s social and economic issues can be found.”

Even though former minister Mary Hanafin lost out in the vote to represent Fianna Fáil in the next general election, she said she expects to be added to the party ticket.

She told the Irish Independent that “as the leading vote getter in Fianna Fail in Dun Laoghaire that would be my expectation”.

“I’ve been working hard to on the council and I look forward to continuing that work for the people of Dun Laoghaire and hopefully in Dail Eireann,” she added.

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has welcomed Dublin Rathdown TD Josepha Madigan to Cabinet as Minister for Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht.

In a mini-reshuffle Mr Varadkar announced that Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney would replace Frances Fitzgerald as the new Tánaiste.

Minister Heather Humphreys replaces Ms Fitzgerald at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation while Deputy Madigan was promoted to her position.

“And a warm welcome to @Josepha Madigan to Cabinet as Minister for Culture Heritage & Gaeltacht,” the Taoiseach tweeted

“She will drive forward the agenda and oversee multi-annual funding for arts.”

Deputy Madigan added: “Delighted to be appointed Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. I look forward to working hard with my Department & in cabinet with Taoiseach.”

Senator Neale Richmond extended his congratulations to his Fine Gael colleague on her appointment 

Senator Richmond said: “Josepha Madigan is an excellent public representative and a great colleague.

“We served together on Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and I canvassed for her in the last election.

“She now becomes the first cabinet Minister that I have given my No.1 Vote,” said Senator Richmond.

“I have no doubt she will do an excellent job in her new role as Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and will be a credit to the people of Dublin Rathdown.”

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