A Look At Ireland’s New Drugs Minister

Around three weeks ago the news broke that Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, who is a Labour TD for Dublin North-Central, had been appointed the new Minister for Drugs Strategy

The role of Minister for Drugs Strategy had been vacant for 10 months following the July 2014 cabinet reshuffle. It appeared that Minister for Health Leo Varadkar was set to oversee drug policy however the government has decided to give the position to Ó Ríordáin.

Ó Ríordáin is also the current Minister of State for New Communities, Culture and Equality,  so he adds this drugs strategy brief to his portfolio.

Some have argued this is a political appointment in order to boost Ó Ríordáin’s profile ahead of what is set to be a difficult general election for the Labour party.

Given he is already overseeing a number of portfolios there is an argument to be made that someone able to devote 100% of their time to the role...

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