O’Sullivan would ‘relish’ chance to sit at Cabinet table following Penrose resignation

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

MINISTER of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs Jan O’Sullivan has said she would “relish” the opportunity to sit at Cabinet following the resignation this week of her Labour colleague Willie Penrose.

MINISTER of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs Jan O’Sullivan has said she would “relish” the opportunity to sit at Cabinet following the resignation this week of her Labour colleague Willie Penrose.

The Westmeath TD quit in protest over the closure of the army barracks in Mullingar and his actions mean there is a vacancy for the role of the so-called “super-junior” minister. Deputy Penrose had been attending Cabinet meetings although he was not allowed to participate in its decisions.

Deputy O’Sullivan has been tipped by some pundits for the vacancy although Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore is also said to be considering the claims of Dublin TD Roisin Shortall and Cork’s Deputy Ciaran Lynch.

“I have heard my name mentioned and I think Feargal Keane might have said I was in with a chance on RTE yesterday. Obviously I don’t know what is going to happen but I would be delighted to be considered for the role no more than my party colleagues. I would relish the opportunity to sit at the Cabinet,” said Deputy O’Sullivan.

The Limerick TD said she was enjoying her current role as minister of state with responsibility for overseas aid and trade.