In comments in today’s Irish Independent the Tanaiste Leo Varadkar is quoted as saying: “Any minister whose main focus is their own constituency is actually neglecting most of the country so ministers must have a national remit and that’s the way I would certainly expect all ministers to think.”
The Tánaiste made his surprise remarks in response to calls from yesterday’s meeting of Mayo Co Council that Michael Ring should be given a Minister of State Role following his demotion from the senior ranks.
Minister Varadkar told reporters: “The truth is there are 40 constituencies, there are 26 counties in the state. It’s not possible for every constituency or county to have a minister every time, let alone two.
“There are counties believe it or not and there are constituencies that haven’t had a minister for nine or 10 years and all those things have to be borne in mind when party leaders try to appoint ministers.”
The Tánaiste’s comments today suggest Mayo County Councillors appeals yesterday are falling on deaf ears.