Sinn Féin President announces Dáil reshuffle
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has announced a reshuffle of the party's Dáil team.
Teachta Adams said;
“People are crying out for change and our job is to convince them that change is possible - that things don’t have to remain the same.
“People know what is happening in our health system is a disgrace – what we have to do is convince them that a properly funded health system can deliver quality healthcare for all. People know that a housing crisis is out of control – they also know that the solution lies in building social and affordable housing.
“Sinn Féin has robustly challenged the bad polices implemented by Fine Gael, and supported by Fianna Fáil, that have created and exacerbated these crises. These policies are doing immeasurable damage to the lives of ordinary people.
“After consultation we have made some portfolio changes that will help us to advance our politics and strengthen our role as the real opposition in the Dáil.
“These changes see the promotion of women to a number of front bench positions. This will build on the work of Mary Lou McDonald, Louise O’Reilly & Imelda Munster. Kathleen Funchion moves to Education. Denise Mitchell will take up the role in Children and Youth Affairs while Carol Nolan will be the party’s Spokesperson on Rural & Community Affairs.
“David Cullinane will major on Brexit and EU Reform shadowing Minister Simon Coveney, while Seán Crowe will continue in the role of International Affairs and Outreach.
“Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire moves to Justice. Pearse Doherty continues in Finance and he will be supported by Jonathan O’Brien.
“Our new team is looking forward to advancing Sinn Féin's policies and our vision for a fairer Ireland based on equality, fairness, and accountability in Government.”
Sinn Féin Dáil Spokespersons
Gerry Adams - Party Leader, shadowing An Taoiseach
Mary Lou McDonald - Deputy Party Leader, shadowing An Tánaiste, and all-Ireland Spokesperson on Mental Health & Suicide Prevention
Aengus Ó Snodaigh - Chief Whip and Spokesperson on Defence
Pearse Doherty - Spokesperson on Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform
Louise O’Reilly - Spokesperson on Health
Carol Nolan - Spokesperson on Rural & Community Affairs*
Eoin Ó Broin - Spokesperson on Housing, Planning & Local Government and assumes responsibility Waste Management policy
David Cullinane - Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for Brexit and all-Ireland Spokesperson on Workers’ Rights*
Martin Kenny - Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food & the Marine
Peadar Tóibín - Spokesperson on Arts, Heritage, Culture and the Gaeltacht
Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire - Spokesperson on Justice & Equality*
Kathleen Funchion - Spokesperson on Education & Skills*
Seán Crowe - Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for International Affairs & Outreach
John Brady - Spokesperson on Employment and Social Protection
Brian Stanley - Spokesperson on Communications, Climate Change & Natural Resources
Maurice Quinlivan -Spokesperson on Enterprise & Innovation
Imelda Munster - Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism & Sport
Denise Mitchell - Spokesperson on Children & Youth Affairs and Deputy Whip*
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin - Spokesperson on Disability Rights & Older People
Jonathan O’Brien - Junior Spokesperson on Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform*
Dessie Ellis - Junior Spokesperson on Housing, Planning & Local Government and Drug & Alcohol Abuse
Martin Ferris - Junior Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food & the Marine (with special responsibility for Fisheries & the Marine)
Pat Buckley - Junior Spokesperson on Mental Health & Suicide Prevention
(* indicates a change of portfolio)