Wicklow poll-topper appointed to key new role on SF frontbench
Wicklow TD John Brady has been appointed to a key new role on the Sinn Féin frontbench.
The local poll-topper was picked to take on the prestigious Foreign Affairs and Defence portfolio by party president Mary Lou McDonald.
Deputy Brady said he was “absolutely honored” to take on the role.
The Wicklow TD said: “I will be talking on the Foreign Affairs and Defence portfolio and will be the main opposition spokesperson tasked with holding the government to account. It will pit me against Minister Simon Coveney in the 33rd Dáil.
“It’s a new portfolio for me, but one that I have a keen interest in and one where there are many issues and challenges ahead. I look forward to those challenges and thank Mary Lou for the opportunity and having faith in me and my ability to work in this strong team who will hold this government to account and provide solutions to the many challenges we face.”
Speaking as she announced Sinn Féin’s new frontbench team, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald said: “New government ministers will have to be on their toes and on top of their briefs because they will be matched by a very energetic, very determined Sinn Féin leading the opposition.
“We will hold the government to account, bring forward solutions and continue championing the change that so many people want. I am very proud of our new frontbench team and the fact that we have strong representation from rural Ireland, as well as our cities.
“Sinn Féin will provide constructive and critical opposition to this government. We will hold them to account, working with other parties in the opposition to do so.
“An effective opposition can achieve change by engaging constructively to bring forward solutions and force the government to act. The strong and competent team that I lead is committed to doing this at every opportunity.”
The Sinn Féin leader added: “Ireland faces big challenges in the months ahead and we will be playing our part in delivering the change that is needed.”