Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has announced the portfolios to be occupied by his party's TDs, promising ‘robust and constructive opposition’ in the Dáil.

Mr Martin will take responsibility for Northern Ireland, while Brian Lenihan remains as finance spokesperson.

He will be assisted by Michael McGrath, who will be spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Financial Sector Reform, while Sean Fleming will be their Public Sector Reform spokesperson.

Three former Cabinet members also get prominent portfolios - Brendan Smith in Education and Skills, Willie O'Dea on Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, and Éamon Ó Cuív on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

New TDs are also given jobs - Barry Cowen is spokesperson on Social Protection, Charlie McConalogue on Children, and Robert Troy on Arts and Heritage.

Councillor Jim O'Callaghan remains as legal adviser to the party, and Mr Martin said he would be making a further announcement in coming weeks to include expertise from different sections of the party.

As well as being the party's nominee to chair the Public Accounts Committee, John McGuinness will also be their Small Business spokesperson.

Other spokespeople

  • Foreign Affairs and Trade - Seán Ó Fearghaíl
  • Environment - Niall Collins
  • Justice - Dara Calleary
  • Defence - Billy Kelleher
  • Transport - Tommy Dooley
  • Agriculture - Michael Moynihan
  • Marine - John Browne
  • Horticulture and Rural Affairs - Seamus Kirk
  • Housing, Planning and Gaeltacht Affairs - Michael Kitt