Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has spoken of his nomination by the party for the role of Ceann Comhairle, saying that it was a great honour to be chosen as the party’s nominee for the position and that he would be canvassing support from all sides of the house.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“I am deeply honoured to be nominated by my party for the position of Ceann Comhairle, a position first held by proud republican Cathal Brugha. In the 32nd Dáil, it will be imperative to have an experienced legislator as chair as there are likely fractious days ahead following on the new and ever more competitive configuration of Dáil representation.
“Should I be elected to the position, I would undertake to uphold the highest standards of fairness and impartiality and the proud esteem in which the position is held. I have spent almost twenty years as a deputy in the Dáil, during which time I have seen Sinn Féin evolve from a sole representative, to being part of a technical group and now, potentially, the party of opposition. I will be canvassing for support from all sides of the house, old colleagues and adversaries and new members alike. I very respectfully ask all Dáil Deputies to consider my candidature favourably.” ENDS