I have been informed by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD that I am to be appointed to the role of Assistant Government Chief Whip and will also serve on the Committee on Procedures and Privileges.

I am honoured and delighted to have been chosen by An Taoiseach to fulfill the role of Assistant Government Chief Whip. This role will ensure I have daily contact with An Taoiseach and Government Ministers in relation to legislation and co-ordinating debates in Dáil Éireann. I will be expected to compliment the work of Government Chief Whip Minister Paul Kehoe, and help to foster strong communication between Ministers and Deputies.

In the strongest majority coalition Government in the history of the State, my role will be most important, especially as tough decisions need to be made in the months and years ahead. It will also allow me to develop and enhance strong relationships with all Ministers and I will endeavour to use that influence and insight to the benefit of the people of County Clare.

I will be assisting and taking on the duties of Minister Paul Kehoe when he is absent. I will also have responsibility for monitoring Senate legislation entering Dáil Éireann. I believe my appointment is recognition of the inter-personal skills which I have developed over the years. The role of the Whip is to have strong relationships with Deputies and Ministers and to ensure the smooth operation of Government in its highest capacity.

I am equally looking forward to working in a constructive manner in my new role as a member of the Committee on Procedures and Privileges. In the run up to the last election, political reform was a major issue on the doorsteps. Time and time again people expressed to me their wish to see politics change for the better. This committee presents me with an opportunity to be at the heart of that process ensuring that we are a coherent and efficient Government working in the interests of the people of this Country, the Mid-West and County Clare.