New politics may or may not be ushered in nationally, but a new political landscape is certainly in place in Roscommon following a dramatic day last Friday.
Roscommon has its first Cabinet Minister since 1982, with Independent TD Denis Naughten the new Minister for Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources.
Fellow Independent Michael Fitzmaurice may be about to leave the Independent Alliance after he dramatically decided against voting for Enda Kenny as Taoiseach. In contrast, Minister Naughten is now reunited with the man he fell out with over Roscommon A&E – Enda Kenny.
In an interview with Paul Healy on pages 18 & 19, Minister Naughten reveals that during the last Dáil term he was approached to join a number of political parties…the Social Democrats, Renua…and Fianna Fáil!