South Tipperary received a major political boost on Tuesday when Minister of State Tom Hayes held onto his post in the reshuffle announced by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
There were a number of casualties as a result of the Government junior ministry reshuffle but the Tiperary Fine Gael deputy will continue his role as Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine With Special Responsibility for Food, Forestry, Horticulture and Food Safety.
This follows the elevation on Friday of Alan Kelly from a junior post to Minister for the Environment in what has been an important week for Tippeary and its representation in government.
Minister of State Hayes, who was appointed as Minister of State in June, said he was delighted to remain in his job in the Department of Agriculture and continue the work he had started to do in the department.
“I am extremely pleased because there was a lot of pressure on the Taoiseach to make changes”.
Minister Hayes said he was still getting his teeth into the job and was looking forward to continuing the work he had already started.
“Agriculture and food are very important in this constituency so I am delighted for Tipperary that I have retained this portfolio” said the former chairperson of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party.
New Environment Minister Alan Kelly said that he was honoured to have been selected to take charge of the Environment portfolio.
“This job is a major brief of national importance but it is one which I am determined to tackle successfully.” he said.
“I will be covering many areas including Local Government, the Environment and Community among other things. But I am particularly concerned with the problems confronting us in the delivery of social housing and I look forward to building on the steady progress made by my colleague Minister Jan O’Sullivan. We must examine more innovative ways in the delivery of social housing”.