Fianna Fail's Deputy Leader, Mayo TD Dara Calleary, will become the party's spokesperson on Regional Development, Rural Affairs and the Gaeltacht.

Party leader Mícheal Martin has announced two changes to the frontbench.

Deputy John Curran will join the frontbench as Spokesperson for National Drug Policy and Urban Affairs, while the party's deputy leader Dara Calleary takes over responsibility for rural affairs, regional development and the Gaeltacht, while.

Michéal Martin says the continued decline of rural Ireland and the issue of regional balance in terms of job creation and investment are pressing national priorities.

He says the appointment of the party's deputy leader to this portfolio demonstrates Fianna Fail's determination to hold the Government to account and secure a change in direction.



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