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I will be heard, says O'Sullivan

Newly appointed super junior minister Jan O'Sullivan has pledged to have her voice heard in Cabinet despite not having the right to vote.

The Labour TD for Limerick City, who was appointed to the position vacated last month by rebel Willie Penrose, dismissed the idea that she will have little power to influence Government policy.

"Being at the table gives me more opportunity to have my voice there when decisions are being made," said Ms O'Sullivan.

Fellow Labour TD Joe Costello will take up Ms O'Sullivan's position as junior minister within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Dublin Central representative, who masterminded President Michael D Higgins' campaign, will have responsibility for trade and development.

Mr Costello said he was both delighted and honoured to be appointed to the role.

"The world would be one's oyster," he said.

The appointments have been made in order to replace Longford-Westmeath TD Mr Penrose, who resigned from the Labour parliamentary party in November after the Cabinet ignored his protestations and decided to close Columb Barracks in Mullingar.

The new ministers said there was no danger of them jumping ship.

"We're here for the long haul," said Mr Costello.

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