Ó Caoláin outlines Sinn Féin Oireachtas Portfolios
Speaking today from Leinster House Sinn Féin TD and Dáil Leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has outlined the party’s Oireachtas portfolios.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“In the coming months Sinn Féin will be setting out a major plan for party development across the 26 Counties and this will include key campaigns around health, the economy, regional development and community safety.
“The party’s Oireachtas work will be central to this project and the reshuffle of portfolios reflects Sinn Féin’s renewed political priorities.
“We will continue working with our Ministers in the Assembly to progress the delivery of equitable all-island economic, environmental and rural policy making and cross border work. Irish unity is central to this strategy.
“We intend to hold this government to account every day of the week, putting forward real alternatives.” CRÍOCH
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin continues as the party’s Dáil leader and will be retaining the Health and Children portfolio with the delivery of a universal first class healthcare service remaining a key priority for Sinn Féin. Deputy Ó Caoláin will also hold special responsibly for the Peace Process, particularly the Taoiseach’s role. Deputy Ó Caoláin participates in Taoiseach's Questions twice weekly, along with Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore.
Arthur Morgan is taking on the Finance portfolio focussing on Economic Affairs, Employment and tackling poverty. Deputy Morgan will prioritise his work on economic stability focussing on the contraction of the construction sector. Campaigning for the provision of training to enable those who lose their jobs in the construction sector to access alternative employment will be part of an overall focus on maintaining and improving standards of living. In the face of predicted substantial exchequer deficits for 2007 and 2008, a key priority for Deputy Morgan will be putting pressure on the Government to forward plan to ensure that the exchequer has the revenue needed to run key public services such as the health system.
Aengus Ó Snodaigh is to be the party’s spokesperson on Housing whilst retaining the Justice, Equality and Human Rights portfolio. Deputy Ó Snodaigh will lead a national campaign on community safety incorporating the areas of policing and anti-social behaviour. He will also remain the party’s Dáil Whip and spokesperson on International Affairs.
Martin Ferris will continue as Rural Regeneration, including Agriculture, Fisheries & Rural Development. Deputy Ferris will retain the portfolios of Environment & Local Government (with the exception of Housing) and Communications, Energy & Natural Resources. Deputy Ferris will lead campaigns on the retention of families on land, ailing fish communities and protection of the country’s national resources.
Senator Pearse Doherty is the party’s spokesperson on Education and will have responsibility for Regional Development to which he will bring his particular expertise. Senator Doherty will also hold the Transport portfolio. Beidh Pearse ag obair chomh maith mar urlabhraí Gaeilge agus Gaeltachta. Tá an-taithí aige ar na cúrsaí seo mar fear Gaeltachta a bhfuil aithne forleathan air ar na meáin cumarsáide Gaeilge.