April 14, 2021

Waterford TD appointed Minister of State in new coalition

Waterford has a Minister of State in the new Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael-Green coalition.

Local Fianna Fáil TD Mary Butler (pictured below) has been appointed as junior minister with responsibility for Older People and Mental Health.

Her fellow Waterford TD, Sinn Féin poll topper David Cullinane told to social media this evening to congratulate her on her appointment.

Deputy Cullinane said: “Best of luck and best wishes to Waterford TD Mary Butler who has been appointed as the Junior Minister for older people and mental health. In my experience Mary is a hard worker and will do her best in her role. I look forward to working with Mary in the time ahead on issues close to hearts of the Waterford people.”

Meanwhile, it has been a night of mixed fortunes for other South East TDs.

Kilkenny’s Green TD Malcolm Noonan has been appointed a junior Minister for Heritage.

Meanwhile, Kilkenny TD and Ferrybank resident TD John Paul Phelan has reportedly turned an offer from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to serve as deputy Chief Whip in the new coalition.

Deputy Phelan Mr Phelan served as Minister of State in the outgoing government and was a close ally of Mr Varadkar during his leadership campaign.

More details to follow.

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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