Fleming's long wait is over

SEAN Fleming has been named Fianna Fail's Spokesman on public sector reform in Micheal Martin's new frontbench.

SEAN Fleming has been named Fianna Fail's Spokesman on public sector reform in Micheal Martin's new frontbench.

It is the Deputy's first senior role in the Dail in his 14 years as a TD.

"No one can deny that I've waited a long time, but I'm delighted that I can have the recognition now," he said.

Deputy Fleming said that his role as the party's spokesperson on reform of the public sector will be tied into the party's overall policies on reform of the government, Dil and the civil service.

He said his first focus was to implement reforms already agreed in the Croke Park deal.

"There are a lot of improvements and efficiencies already agreed in the Croke Park agreement, My first focus will be to make these happen."

Deputy Fleming said he had been reviewing his brief over the last day, but had no specific policies yet. He said he would be announcing more details during his campaign.

"There is a lot of duplication in the public service and a large amount of quangos. Some of these would work more efficiently if they were back under their parent department."

"I think Fianna Fail's policy is more sensible, Fine Gael want to cut jobs."

Portlaoise has the highest number of civil servants in the country with the Midlands Regional Hospital, Midlands and Portlaoise Prison, Department of Agriculture, Gardai and other semi-state companies such as An Post and ESB.

Deputy Fleming said that as a result he had a "greater awareness of the public service."

"I have met with secretary generals and top civil servants many times and built up a knowledge of the civil service which will help me in my new brief."