Belfast Telegraph

Eamon O Cuiv demoted in reshuffle

Fianna Fail veteran Eamon O Cuiv has been demoted in a reshuffle on the opposition benches, the party has confirmed.

As expected, the rebel Galway West TD loses the position of deputy leader just a few months after going against the party to call for a No vote in May's European fiscal treaty referendum.

The post has been abolished in a reshuffle announced by leader Micheal Martin.

"The entire Fianna Fail party is focused on providing robust and constructive opposition to a Government that moves further from its election pledges and becomes more out of touch with the communities which elected it with each passing week," he said.

"We have made progress over the last year, bringing forward well argued and important legislation across the board and publishing more than 30 Bills."

Mr Martin said the reorganisation would maximise the party's effectiveness and ensure it would build on solid work done to date.

The 10 changes in the new front bench are: former minister Willie O'Dea takes social protection and social equality; former minister Brendan Smith foreign affairs and trade; former justice spokesman Dara Calleary moves to enterprise, jobs and innovation; Barry Cowen to environment and local government; Charlie McConalogue to education and skills; and Niall Collins to justice and equality.

The others see Michael Moynihan take communications, energy and natural resources; Sean O Fearghail takes the whip, responsibility for constitutional reform and the arts and culture, and the defence portfolio; and Robert Troy, children.

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