I want to warmly congratulate Patricia King on her appointment as General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.
Patricia has served the trade union movement well over the years through her work with SIPTU, and I know she will be a highly capable leader in her new role.
The appointment of a woman to the most senior trade union post in the country is a landmark and progressive development indeed. It is a greatly positive step for those of us who wish to see more women taking up positions of leadership in Ireland.
Patricia is a straight-talking woman of action, who will be a formidable representative of workers across Ireland. As Tánaiste and Labour Leader, I look forward to working with her on issues of concern to workers.
I would like to wish outgoing General Secretary, David Begg, the very best and thank him for his many years of service to the labour movement.