Mayo FG Deputy Michael Ring has admitted that he's very disappointed not to have been appointed either a senior or junior Minister in the new Government.

The Government has confirmed the full list of Ministers of State, with eight from Fianna Fail, seven Fine Gael and three Green Party TDs.

With no Ministerial job for former Minister Michael Ring, the Westport-based TD says he's very disappointed, and is also angered at the fact that neither his own party or Fianna Fail appointed a senior Cabinet Minister in Connacht, Donegal or Clare.

However, he has vowed to continue to be a strong voice for Mayo from the Fine Gael backbenches.

Deputy Ring says he's proud of the fact that he got over 15,000 votes in the February general election and was elected on the first count- whereas his party Leo Varadker was elected on the 5th count.

Deputy Ring says he is steeped in Fine Gael tradition and would not consider leaving the party, despite being disappointed at being dropped from Cabinet, but will continue to be a voice for Mayo and for rural Ireland in Dáil Eireann.

Hear the full interview on our lunchtime news at 1pm...

 

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