Ministers Lynch and Phelan Appointments Welcomed

15 July 2014


Labour Women today congratulated Minister Kathleen Lynch and Minister Ann Phelan on their appointment as Junior Ministers.

Speaking following their appointment, Sinead Ahern, Chair of Labour Women said: “Labour Women is delighted to see the appointment of two very accomplished women as Junior Ministers today. Minister Lynch has demonstrated her talents and capabilities as a Junior Minister over the past three years. We know that she will continue to build on her outstanding record in her role as Minister of State with special responsibility for Mental Health and Disability, with the area of Primary Care now also coming under her remit.

“Likewise, we have no doubt that Minister Ann Phelan will excel in her role as Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Rural Economic Development and Rural Transport. Minister Phelan has a keen understanding of the issues affecting rural communities across Ireland and indeed made history in her own constituency of Carlow-Kilkenny by being the first woman to get elected in that constituency since the foundation of the State.

“Labour Women would also like to congratulate Ministers Ged Nash, Kevin Humphreys, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, and Sean Sherlock on their appointments earlier today. We look forward to working with the all new Ministers to deliver more Labour goals in government, and to make economic recovery real for people.

“Labour Women is extremely proud that one third of Labour’s junior ministers are women. However, we would like to voice our concern that the largest party in the country, Fine Gael, did not see fit to promote any women to their junior ministerial ranks. We feel that this was a missed opportunity to have a more diverse mix of voices, talents and experiences within our junior ministerial ranks. This sends out a regretful message to women who are already working in politics or thinking about getting involved.”

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