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David Stanton TD has said he is delighted to be appointed to the Front Bench as Defence Spokesman for Fine Gael and said he looks forward to this challenging and rewarding role.

“It’s an honour and a privilege to be asked by Enda Kenny to serve on the Front Bench. I look forward to working with the rest of the Fine Gael team to prepare for government.

“This week I have begun familiarising myself with the portfolio, and I intend to visit key personnel and installations over the summer months.

“I have a small amount of experience of the Defence Forces having served in the Reserve for 23 years before joining the Dáil. During this period I served alongside both reservists and professionals, and I hope this experience will serve me well in my new brief.

“I have the greatest respect for the Defence Forces. Their professionalism and bravery as peacekeepers is recognised across the globe. As the Defence Spokesman for Fine Gael, I intend to ensure that our Defence Forces can continue to perform these crucial duties during these difficult economic times.”


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