4 October 2007 Edition
Sinn Féin Dáil and Seanad team
NEW portfolios announced by Sinn Féin for the new Dáil and Seanad terms are profiled by MÍCHEÁL MacDONNCHA.
CAOIMHGHÍN Ó CAOLÁIN
The Cavan-Monaghan TD is the Sinn Féin Dáil leader and retains the Health and Children portfolio with ‘Healthcare is a Right’ as the priority Sinn Féin campaign.
HSE cutbacks in hospital services and renewed threats to the future of local hospitals will ensure that healthcare is a prime issue in the months ahead.
Caoimhghín also has special responsibility for the Peace Process, particularly the Taoiseach’s role.
He participates in Taoiseach’s Questions twice weekly, along with Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore.
AENGUS Ó SNODAIGH
The Dublin South-Central TD retains the Justice, Equality and Human Rights portfolio and takes on a new role as Housing spokesperson. Housing is a vital area of public policy, given the continuing shortage of social and affordable homes, and the right to housing will be a key party campaign.
As Justice spokesperson, Aengus will also be focusing on Community Safety and spearheading party campaigning at national and local level for effective community policing and other measures to address anti-social behaviour.
Aengus will also be Dáil spokesperson on International Affairs. He retains the position of Sinn Féin Whip.
Kerry North TD Martin Ferris is the party’s standard-bearer for Rural Regeneration. This includes Agriculture, Fisheries & Rural Development.
Martin will also hold the portfolios of Environment & Local Government (except Housing) and Communications, Energy & Natural Resources.
Rural Regeneration will be a campaigning issue encompassing matters as diverse as retention of families on the land, ailing fishing communities and the robbery of our natural resources such as Corrib gas.
The TD for Louth takes on the new position of spokesperson on Economic Affairs. This encompasses Finance, Enterprise, Trade & Employment and Social & Community Affairs.
Arthur’s priority campaign will be Employment and Workers’ Rights. This will be an increasingly important issue with the economic slowdown and with continuing attacks on workers’ pay and conditions.
Sinn Féin’s first senator is the party’s new spokesperson on Education.
He will additionally have a responsibility for Regional Development, to which he will bring his special knowledge as a representative of County Donegal. Pearse 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.