LAOIS/Offaly TD, Charlie Flanagan has been selected as the new chairperson of the Fine Gael parliamentary party.
Deputy Flanagan was unanimously endorsed at a Parliamentary Party meeting on Wednesday, June 8.
The Mountmellick TD was overlooked for a Ministerial position earlier this year. He has served as Fine Gael’s Front Bench Spokesperson on Justice and, later, Children, during the last Dáil. He has also served a Fine Gael
Following the Parlia-mentary Party meeting at which he was appointed Party Chairman, Deputy Flanagan said: ‘Fine Gael now has the largest Parliamentary Party in our history, making it essential that a focused and effective chairperson, who can keep clear lines of communication open between Ministers and the broader elected membership, is in place’.
“Every TD and Senator has a clear mandate from their electorate and I am anxious to put mechanisms in place to ensure that the concerns and views of backbenchers and Senators are effectively communicated to Ministers. Equally, the activities of Ministers must be clearly and promptly communicated to the Parliamentary Party members.
Deputy Flanagan adeded: “I intend to create the space for robust debate at Parliamentary Party meetings as well as ensuring that every member can play a constructive role in meeting the huge challenge of advancing Ireland’s economic recovery.”
Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy TD, has been appointed to Chair the Party’s internal Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality, and she has also been appointed to the Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht.
In expressing her delight at her own appointment, Deputy Corcoran-Kennedy has also congratulated Deputy Flanagan, on his appointment as Chairman of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party.
Having seconded Deputy Flanagan’s appointment, she said she is looking forward to “working closely” with him in ensuring that there is “fairness, openness and transparency” at all levels in the Parliamentary Party.