January 25, 2021
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‘This beggars belief’ – Waterford TD dismayed as South East left without a single senior minister

A Waterford TD has strongly criticised the new Government for “neglecting” the South East.

Local poll topper David Cullinane spoke out after it emerged Waterford and the region were passed over in the new Cabinet appointments.

Deputy Cullinane described the absence of any senior cabinet position for the South East as “incredible”, which he said “coupled with weak commitments to the region in the Programme for Government does not augur well for the future”.

The Sinn Féin TD said it was “a bad day for regional development and a bad day for the South East”.

Deputy Cullinane added: The Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green Party Programme for Government is largely silent when it comes to the South East. To add insult to injury the region is now without a voice at the cabinet table.

“This beggars belief. The South East is underperforming and needs support. The Government parties have continuously ignored the region. They have no plan, no vision or no interest in delivering for the South East.”

Deputy Cullinane (pictured below) also said he was “taken aback” to see fellow Waterford TD Matt Shanahan vote in favour of a Government “that has ignored the South East”, adding: “This sends out an awful signal that ignoring the region will be tolerated.

“I will continue to use my time in the Dáil to champion Waterford and the South East. We need strong leadership and delivery in the region. It is clear we will not get this from Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael.”

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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