Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has said that he is looking forward to the challenge of taking on an additional brief as Junior Spokesperson on Justice, Equality, and Defence.
The Galway West Senator had already held the portfolios of party spokesperson on Gaeilge and Gaeltacht Affairs and Rural Development.
Senator Ó Clochartaigh said he is “looking forward immensely” to the challenges and opportunities his new role presents.
“This is a hugely significant portfolio, and I am looking forward to working with Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn in shadowing this key department.
“There have been very significant changes to the justice system in recent years, and I am particularly concerned on the affect the cutbacks to Garda Stations and reductions in court sittings will have on rural communities.”
The Carraroe Senator added that he does not believe that consideration has been given to the value of Garda and Courts services being available locally in preventing crime. “This is an area on which I intend to focus,” he said.
“I also intend to use the portfolio to highlight the need for Ireland to live up to its human rights commitments. This would be in terms of a strong equality infrastructure and protecting the rights of minorities and vulnerable persons such as immigrants.”