Saturday, June 27, 2020

Michael Martin and his Fianna Fail councillors talking to press outside UHW in 2016. He promised to deliver 24/7 once in Government. Today he becomes Taoiseach.

THE new Government has been formed and it’s not pleasant reading for Waterford, or indeed the South East. With Micheál Martin as Taoiseach –  the man who famously came to University Hospital Waterford in 2016 and declared that his party would deliver 24/7 Cardiac Care “if in Government” – not one of the front bench comes from a South East county.

Here is the new Government, and their Home Counties

Taoiseach – Micheál Martin – Cork

Tanaiste & Minister for Enterprise – Leo Varadkar – Dublin

Minister for Climate Action, Communications & Transport – Eamon Ryan – Dublin

Minister for Finance – Paschal Donohoe – Dublin

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform – Michael McGrath – Cork

Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sports – Catherine Martin – Dublin

Minister for Higher Education, Innovation & Research – Simon Harris – Dublin

Minister for Education – Norma Foley – Kerry

Minister for Housing, Local Government & Heritage – Darragh O Brien – Dublin

Minister for Agriculture & Marine – Barry Cowen – Offaly

Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration – Roderic O Gorman – Dublin

Minister for Justice – Helen McEntee – Meath

Minister for Social Protection – Heather Humphreys – Monaghan

Minister for Foreign Affairs & Defence – Simon Coveney – Cork

Minister for Health – Stephen Donnelly – Wicklow

Three of Waterford’s TDs – Marc O’Cathasaigh, Mary Butler and Matt Shanahan voted for Micheál Martin as Taoiseach. It is expected that Minister of State appointments will be made on Tuesday when the Dail reconvenes and Waterford’s Butler and O’Cathasaigh will be more than hopeful of a selection.

Newly elected Taoiseach with Deputy Mary Butler in 2016, promises 24/7 cardiac care to the people of the South East.


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