Your ongoing friendship, work and commitment since the 2013 By-Election, and during the 2016 General Election, has allowed me to serve as your local T.D., as Minister for Mental Health and Older People, and now under An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as Minister for European Affairs. For that, I thank you most sincerely.
As the new Minister for European Affairs I look forward to working closely with An Taoiseach, and with the new Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney to advance the Irish Government’s ongoing commitment to the centre ground of European politics. My priorities will include:
- Protecting Irish strategic and sectorial interests arising from Brexit;
- Leading a renewal of Irish citizens’ engagement with the EU’s core values of freedom, equality, security, democracy, human dignity and human rights;
- Reform of the European Union in the interest of Irish and E.U. citizens
As always I welcome your own ideas and suggestions in my new role.