Posts Tagged ‘ Alan Shatter ’

Sinn Fèin Leap To McGuinness` Defence


Sinn Fein have reacted angrily to quotes from Minister of Justice Alan Shatter’s remarks that Martin McGuinness is “not an appropriate person” to become the next president of Ireland.

The statements made by Mr Shatter pointed to the fact that Mr McGuinness did not attend a dinner at Dublin Castle in May for the visit of Queen Elizabeth,stating that he chose to ignore such a monumental ocasion.

“Martin McGuinness has been doing a very important job in Northern Ireland but in the context of his capacity to be a reconciling force across the whole island of Ireland, I think his failure to embrace the Queen’s visit, and to turn up at Dublin Castle at a time when Peter Robinson and his wife attended, indicates that he isn’t an appropriate person to be our president,” he said.

Shatters judgement has also resonated from Fine Gael presidential candidate Gay Mitchell who added that McGuinness` entry into the presidential race poses “very real questions” for the Irish people to answer. 

However, Sinn Fein’s deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has fired back at Mr Shatter, stating that he should not enter the debate and that the Irish people will ultimately decide McGuinness’ suitability.

“I find it completely wrong that a government minister would interfere in the democratic process in such a manner,” she said.

“It is the people who will decide who is fit for the office of President and not Alan Shatter or the Fine Gael Party.

*For more build up and coverage of the race to be the next Irish president, visit, a website purely devoted to the presidential race and run by Irish News Review Editor Glenn Dowd.  


Kenny Deals His Hand


New Taoiseach Enda Kenny has revealed his cabinet after succesfully winning a Dàil vote by 117 votes to 27. 

After gaining the seal of approval from president Mary McAleese, Kenny returned to the Dàil to outline the TD`s he has chosen to help secure the future of Ireland.

The Fine Gael leader has spread out the ministerial positions with his party taking 10 positions, with a further position coming in the form of the chief  whip, which Wexford TD Paul Kehoe has taken.

The Labour party have taken up 6 positions, with party leader Eamon Gilmore taking on the role of Tànaiste aswel as Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Michael Noonan has been named as the new Minister for Finance, completing a remarkable turnaround  for the former Fine Gael leader, who was in charge when the party suffered their worst ever results during the 2002 elections.

Former Finance Minister and Labour party member Ruairi Quinn, who held the position from 1994-97 has taken up the role of Minister For Education and Skills.

His party colleague Brendan Howlin takes on the role of Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

Richard Bruton, who famously failed in a heave against Kenny last year has been given the portfolio for Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Economic Planning.

Labour Deputy leader Joan Burton is the new Minister for Social Protection.

Former Kerry footballer and Fine Gael candidate Jimmy Deenihan is the new Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht affairs.

Former Labour Party leader Pat Rabbitte has taken on the ministry for communications, energy and national resources.

Phil Hogan, a trusted supporter of Kenny during Bruton`s failed heave is the new Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Fine Gael`s Alan Shatter is the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence.  

Former MEP Simon Coveney is Kenny`s pick for Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food.

Dublin Mid West TD Frances Fitzgerald is the new Minister for Children.

James Reilly, one of the key figures in Fine Gael`s success at the polls is the new Minister for Health.

Leo Varadkar, who openly supported Bruton has taken on the ministry for Transport,Tourism and Sport.

Labour`s Willie Penrose has assuemd the position of Junior Minister with responsibility for housing and planning.