Fianna Fáil deputy leader Dara Calleary objected to being appointed Government Chief Whip during a tense meeting with newly elected Taoiseach Micheál Martin on Saturday, according to today’s Irish Independent.
The Mayo deputy will be on Tommy Marren’s show here on Midwest Radio later this morning and we will hear directly from him on his reaction and his thoughts on not securing a senior Ministerial position.
The paper reports that Dara Calleary was forced to accept the role as Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at the dept of the Taoiseach. He was the last Fianna Fáil TD called to Government Buildings and Mr Martin had already allocated all his ministries. The deputy is said to have told colleagues he was furious about the appointment but was left with no option but to accept the position as Mr Martin had no other ministries to offer by the time he was called to the Taoiseach's Office.
Ministers who were appointed on Saturday afternoon said the Fianna Fáil deputy leader was "visibly angry" when they gathered in Government Buildings before returning to the National Convention Centre to be voted into office.
The new government contains no Senior Ministerial positions for anyone in the west and North west of the country, from Donegal to Limerick.
The lack of a senior minister across the North West shows neglect of the west of Ireland and of County Mayo in particular.That’s the view of Independent Ballina councillor Mark Duffy, who has congratulated Deputy Dara Calleary on his appointment as Government Chief Whip.
He says the abolition of the Department for Community and Rural Development flies in the face of the work done by Mayo Fine Gael TD Michael Ring and is also disappointing for the west.
The Independent cllr told Midwest News this morning that the lack of development on key infrastructure projects like the N26 shows the frustration felt across the region.
Cllr Duffy told Midwest Radio’s John Morley that the lack of a senior minister in cabinet is not a good development for the west of Ireland.