Elaine Byrne: Ministers should be picked for their abilities – not their postcode

The problem is not a regional imbalance at the cabinet table, but a democratic deficit at local level

5th July, 2020
Elaine Byrne: Ministers should be picked for their abilities – not their postcode
The lack of ministerial appointments for the western half of the country sparked fire and brimstone both outside and within the Fianna Fáil organisation

Ireland is a ragbag of contradictions. On the one hand, we object to the parochial localism of politics and instead demand conscientious ministers who govern in the national interest, especially during these times of an unprecedented global health pandemic.

On the other, we believe that having a minister in the constituency will see a trickling-down of the fruits of power into local towns and villages.

The lack of ministerial appointments for the western half of...

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