Friday, 11th July 2014

Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, Anthony Lawlor, has warmly welcomed the new Cabinet as announced by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, today (Friday).

“Today we see a number of younger, newly elected Deputies taking their seat at the Cabinet table for the first time, which can only bring a new and revitalised look to the Government. The addition of two new women to our Cabinet sees the highest number ever of females in the history of the State taking the reigns at government departments.

“I am particularly delighted that four of our new government ministers were only elected to Dáil Éireann for the first time in 2011; Paschal Donohoe, Heather Humphreys, Alex White and Alan Kelly. This shows a commitment by the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste to allow new blood and fresh ideas to play a role in the formation of Government policies.

“I am also delighted that a number of portfolios have been changed within the existing ranks of the cabinet, such as Health, Foreign Affairs and Children & Youth Affairs. The experience of Ministers Varadkar, Flanagan and Reilly will revitalise these Departments.

“In terms of the Ministers remaining in their Departments, there is no doubt that Ministers Noonan, Bruton and Howlin have done an amazing job at turning our economy around and creating jobs. I am delighted that they can continue in their endeavours. Since her entry to the Department of Justice in recent months, Minster Fitzgerald has been a steady hand and I have no doubt that she will continue to show strength and introduce reform to our justice system. Minister Simon Coveney has been a breath of fresh air in the Department of Agriculture and I am certain that he will add the same enthusiasm and thoroughness to the Department of Defence.

“Since our new Tánaiste was elected last week, Minister Joan Burton has proven that she will work closely with the Taoiseach for the better of our country and will continue her great work within the Department of Social Protection. I am looking forward to working with the new Ministers over the next eighteen months continuing the improvement in our economy, to ensure that all sections of our community feel the benefit of the economic turnaround”.