Irish Opposition Front Bench

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The Opposition Front Bench is a group of senior opposition TDs in Dáil Éireann who together under the leadership of the Leader of the Opposition form an alternative cabinet to the government's, whose members mark each individual member of the government. Members of a shadow cabinet are often but not always appointed to a Cabinet post if and when their party gets into government.

Fine Gael is the largest opposition party in the Dáil at the moment and therefore that party's leader takes the title Leader of the Opposition, a largely nominal role. The other parties that occupy the opposition benches include the Labour Party, Sinn Féin and the Green Party. The Socialist Party have one TD, Joe Higgins.

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Fine Gael Front Bench

Name Position
Enda Kenny Leader of the Opposition
  Spokesperson for Northern Ireland
Denis Naughten Spokesperson for Agriculture & Food
Jimmy Deenihan Spokesperson for Arts, Sport & Tourism
Dinny McGinley Spokesperson for Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs
Bernard Durkan Spokesperson for Communications & Natural Resources
Billy Timmins Spokesperson for Defence
Senator Brian Hayes Spokesperson for Dublin
Olwyn Enright Spokesperson for Education & Science
Phil Hogan Spokesperson for Enterprise, Trade & Employment
Fergus O'Dowd Spokesperson for the Environment, Heritage & Local Government
Richard Bruton Spokesperson for Finance
Bernard Allen Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs
Liam Twomey Spokesperson for Health & Children
Jim O'Keeffe Spokesperson for Justice & Law Reform
John Perry Spokesperson for the Marine
Paul Connaughton Spokesperson for Regional Development
David Stanton Spokesperson for Social, Family Affairs & Equality
Olivia Mitchell Spokesperson for Transport
Paul Kehoe Chief Whip
Michael Noonan Spokesperson for without portfolio

Labour Party Front Bench

Name Position
Pat Rabbitte Labour Party Leader
  Spokesperson for Northern Ireland
Mary Upton Spokesperson for Agriculture & Food
Jack Wall Spokesperson for Arts, Sport & Tourism
Brian O'Shea Spokesperson for Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs
Tommy Broughan Spokesperson for Communications, Marine & Natural Resources
Kathleen Lynch Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs
Joe Sherlock Spokesperson for Defence
Jan O'Sullivan Spokesperson for Education & Science
Brendan Howlin Spokesperson for Enterprise, Trade & Employment
Eamon Gilmore Spokesperson for the Environment & Local Government
Breeda Moynihan Cronin Spokesperson for Equality & Law Reform
Ruairi Quinn Spokesperson for European Affairs
Joan Burton Spokesperson for Finance
Michael D. Higgins Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs
Liz McManus Spokesperson for Health
Joe Costello Spokesperson for Justice
Seán Ryan Spokesperson for Older People's Affairs
Willie Penrose Spokesperson for Social & Family Affairs
Róisín Shortall Spokesperson for Transport
Emmet Stagg Chief Whip

Green Party Front Bench

Name Position
Trevor Sargent Green Party Leader
  Spokesperson for Northern Ireland
John Gormley Spokesperson for Defence
  Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs
  Spokesperson for Health & Children
Eamon Ryan Spokesperson for Communications, Marine & Natural Resources
  Spokesperson for Enterprise, Trade & Employment
  Spokesperson for Transport
Ciarán Cuffe Spokesperson for the Environment
  Spokesperson for Justice
Dan Boyle Spokesperson for Community, Rural Developmet & the Islands
  Spokesperson for Finance
  Spokesperson for Social & Family Affairs
  Green Party Chief Whip
Paul Gogarty Spokesperson for Arts, Sport & Tourism
  Spokesperson for Education & Science

Sinn Féin Front Bench

Name Position
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Sinn Féin Party Leader in Dáil Éireann
  Spokesperson for Northern Ireland and the Peace Process
  Spokesperson for Finance
  Spokesperson for Health & Children
Martin Ferris Spokesperson for Agriculture & Rural Development
  Spokesperson for the Marine & Natural Resources
Arthur Morgan Spokesperson for Employment
  Spokesperson for the Environment & Local Government
Seán Crowe Spokesperson for Education & Science
  Spokesperson for Community Affairs
Aengus Ó Snodaigh Spokesperson for Justice & Equality
  Spokesperson for International Affairs
  Sinn Féin Party Chief Whip
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