Deputy Joe McHugh receives lucrative appointment

It was is being seen on a u-turn on a previous commitment, Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has appointed a number former rebel TD's, including Donegal Deputy Joe McHugh, to paid positions.

Deputy McHugh was amongst a number of TD's who formed part of a heave against Enda Kenny - he is amongst those that will receive a wage of up to 9,500 a year having been appointed to committees.

Joe McHugh was yesterday named as the Irish co-chairperson of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly which will meet for the first time since the election, next week.

Deputy McHugh's appointment comes ahead of the 42nd plenary of the Assembly, which takes place Monday and Tuesday 13-14 June in the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork.

In a statement, Deputy Joe McHugh said the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly must build on the symbolism of Queen Elizabeth II’s recent visit to Ireland to develop real and practical commercial measures that will drive economic growth in Britain and Ireland.

He said will use his new position to meaningfully harness the goodwill that the Royal visit has generated.

Deputy McHugh believes Britain and Ireland must work very closely together at commercial and trade levels to overcome the severe economic difficulties facing the countries.