Kildare South TD Martin Heydon has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Fine Gael parliamentary party.
A vote between his party colleagues took place late on Wednesday evening and Heydon was elected by fellow Fine Gael TDs, senators and MEPs.
The Kilcullen native represents a relatively youthful appointment for such a role, considering he is just 37 and only joined the party in 2008. He succeeds Dan Neville as the chairman of the party. The Limerick TD was elected to the role in May 2014, with the 67-year-old being a highly experienced figure in the party.
The South Kildare representative took to Twitter to express his delight at being appointed to his new role.
I'm honoured to have been elected by my colleagues as chairman of the @FineGael Parliamentary Party. Looking forward to the challenge ahead
— Martin Heydon (@martinheydonfg) June 8, 2016
Fine Gael's official Twitter account also sent on their congratulations, while his fellow politicians in Kildare were also pleased to see their colleague trusted in such a role.
well done Martin, congrats. Hopefully the start of a successful Summer for the Lilies!
— Cllr Joe Neville (@joeneville2010) June 8, 2016
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