Saturday, June 27, 2020

The government of the 33rd Dáil was unveiled this evening, as reported here, and already there has been a strong reaction online from West of the Shannon, with Connacht unrepresented among the 15 voting members.

Darra Calleary (Mayo/FF) will attend full cabinet meetings in his capacity as chief whip, as will Hildegarde Naughten (FG/Galway West) as one of two “Super Junior” ministers, however neither will be permitted to vote or are considered full members of the government.

The appointment of Meath TD Helen McEntee, who is married to Roscommon native Paul Hickey, is a small crumb of comfort in these parts, and meant little in places like Galway and Mayo, where there were high hopes for Anne Rabbitte and Calleary, among others.

The immediate reaction online was one of huge disappointment, as natives of the western province began to fear for the prospects of any economic recovery getting shared beyond the banks of the Shannon.

 

 

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