Limerick’s Michael Noonan is appointed as Minister for Finance

LIMERICK City TD Michael Noonan has been appointed as the new Minister for Finance.

LIMERICK City TD Michael Noonan has been appointed as the new Minister for Finance.

Newly elected Taoiseach Enda Kenny unveiled the make-up of the new Government in the Dail shortly before 6 o’clock this evening. As expected Deputy Noonan has secured the Finance portfolio.

Speaking to the Limerick Leader at Buswell’s Hotel on Kildare Street, Deputy Noonan admitted that the hard work of fixing Limerick and the Mid West starts now.

However, he warned that Limerick may not receive preferential treatment, despite his senior position in the new government: “When I was there in the past, I had a fairly good record in addressing the needs of my constituency. But we’re in very difficult economic times, so I don’t think any minister will be splashing money around, or anything like that. Those days are gone.

“The problems in Limerick are very like the problems elsewhere in the country - emigration, unemployment, a falling economy, businesses closing down rather than opening. We hope that our national policies will reverse the decline in the country, and that will apply to Limerick as everywhere else.”

Limerick West / North Kerry TD Jimmy Deenihan will be joining Michael Noonan at the cabinet table after he was appointed as Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs

There was disappointment for Labour’s Jan O’Sullivan after she failed to secure a cabinet position. However, she remains in line to secure a junior ministry next week.