Limerick TD Dan Neville has been chosen as chairman of the Fine Gael party.
Mr Neville was selected at a parliamentary party meeting on Wednesday evening. He succeeds Charlie Flanagan who was recently appointed Minister for Children following the mini-reshuffle in the wake of Alan Shatter’s departure as Minister for Justice.
The Croagh resident has been a TD since 1997 when he was elected in the old Limerick West constituency. Prior to that he was a senator for eight years and a member of Limerick County Council.
From 2002 to 2007 he was deputy chief whip of Fine Gael and was a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children and a member of the Dáil Committee on Procedure and Privileges.
As founder and president of the Irish Association of Suicidology, he has been a strong advocate on mental health issues. In May 2008, he was elected as chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Sub-committee on Suicide Prevention.
Mr Neville was chosen ahead of a number of other candidates for the role of chairman, including Waterford TD Paudie Coffey and Dublin South-Central deputy Catherine Byrne.
Tom Neville - his son - is a candidate for Fine Gael in the Adare Rathkeale area for the upcoming local elections.