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Harris overlooking Hildegarde was another FG snub to Galway

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From this week's Galway City Tribune

From this week's Galway City Tribune

Harris overlooking Hildegarde was another FG snub to Galway Harris overlooking Hildegarde was another FG snub to Galway

Bradley Bytes – A sort of political column by Dara Bradley

There was a small rump in Fine Gael in Galway last week secretly celebrating the new Cabinet announced by Taoiseach Simon Harris, which omitted the promotion of Hildegarde Naughton to a senior ministry.

Not everyone within the local organisation is a fan of the party’s only elected TD in Galway West. And her detractors – from within and outside the party – could hardly contain their delight at Simon’s snub.

Naughton’s supporters pointed out that she was not demoted. She remains Government Chief Whip with a voice, but no vote, at Cabinet. And she has a new, arguably, more suitable portfolio as junior minister for special education and inclusion.

Still, the wait for a senior minister position goes on. And it’s not just a personal disappointment for one politician and her supporters.

Internal politics aside, the fact that a Fine Gael Taoiseach has once again overlooked Galway West for a senior ministry, in a constituency where Fine Gael has never had a senior minister, was bad news all round for Galway. If not now, when?

Pictured: Taoiseach Simon Harris with Hildegarde Naughton TD, Cllr Clodagh Higgins, and Andrea Kilkenny, the manager of Barnacles, Salthill, as he pulled a pint there before the FG Ard Fheis. His ignoring of Hildegarde when it came to appointing new senior ministers was a snub to Galway West.  Photo: Andrew Downes.

 

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