January 20, 2021
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‘I’m up for the challenge’ – Leo appoints Waterford Senator as housing spokesperson

Local Fine Gael Senator John Cummins has been appointed as the Fine Gael Seanad frontbench spokesperson on housing, heritage and local government.

Speaking after his appointment, Senator Cummins said: “I am really pleased to have been chosen for this important role by An Tanaiste Leo Varadkar. It is a big brief that will require a lot of legislation to be guided through the Seanad; particularly in the areas of housing and local government but I am absolutely up for the challenge.

“I have vast experience of the local government sector having served as a councillor for 11 years, including two terms as mayor and a year as chairman of the South East Regional Authority. Equally, I have devoted significant time in recent years to working with all local stakeholders to remove blockages where they exist in the provision of housing and I’m looking forward to continuing this work on a national basis.

“I also believe it is appropriate that our frontbench spokesman on heritage hails from a part of the country which has a rich history and heritage and I look forward to placing a renewed focus on this area in the years ahead.”

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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