Trade and job creation have been prioritised by the newly appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan.
Minister Flanagan was commenting in the wake of his appoontment to Foreign Affairs in last Friday’s Government reshuffle which saw him move from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, a mere two months after his initial appointment.
“I am deeply honoured to be appointed as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. I have taken a huge interest in these areas throughout my career as a TD.
“From a constituency point of view, trade, in particular, is very important. As I said at the launch of the new Local Enterprise Office in Portlaoise recently, job creation in Laois is one of my top priorities as a TD.
“I am pleased to see that the live register in Laois declined by 5.7% in the period June 2013-June 2014. I hope to play my part in delivering more trade opportunities for businesses throughout the country and I was pleased to meet a number of local innovators at the recent LEO launch.
“Former Minister, Eamon Gilmore TD, was a highly regarded Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and I hope to build on his legacy of promoting our country abroad and ensuring that Ireland and the Irish Government has a strong voice on foreign affairs matters on this island, within the EU and internationally at the UN.”