LIMERICK’S Deputy Jan O’Sullivan may have missed out on the Cabinet position she had hoped for but this Thursday promised to “put everything” into her new role as a Minister of State.
The Labour TD has been asked to join party leader and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore at the Department of Foreign Affairs, where Peter Power had been junior minister until this week.
The former Fianna Fail TD had responsibility for overseas aid but Deputy O’Sullivan said she had not yet been given precise details of her brief. The Tanaiste had told her, however, that foreign trade would be part of the job.
“I am very pleased to have made the list. It is a very interesting role and to be honest not one I would have expected because my experience has been in health, in education and in equality. But the more I think about it, it appears to be a very important role especially at the trade end which is crucial to recovery,” she said.
And with Fine Gael’s Michael Noonan becoming the first Limerick politician to land the key job of Minister for Finance on Wednesday, Deputy O’Sullivan said Limerick would now exert significant influence in senior government circles.
Speaking after his appointment, however, Deputy Noonan said he didn’t want to give the impression Limerick would be singled out for special projects.
“When I was there (in the Cabinet) in the past, I had a fairly good record in addressing the needs of my constituency.