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Minister looks forward to DHA challenge 13 August 2008

Minister Earnshaw with DHA teamHON Adrian Earnshaw MHK says he is relishing the challenge of his new ministerial position at the Department of Home Affairs.

The Onchan MHK had been at the helm of the Department of Tourism and Leisure prior to the Chief Minister’s reshuffle on Monday afternoon. Mr Earnshaw has been a member of Tynwald since 2001 and will bring a wealth of experience to his new role having served as a political member at the Treasury, the Department of Local Government and the Environment and the Department of Health and Social Security.

One of his first official duties will be to oversee the transfer of the Island’s prison population from Victoria Road in Douglas to the new facility at Jurby. Mr Earnshaw, a married father of two, will also spearhead the Department’s efforts to safeguard and improve community safety in the Isle of Man. His new responsibilities will encompass the IoM Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Service, Prison Service, Probation Service, Emergency Planning and Communications Division.

Mr Earnshaw, who enjoyed a 33-year career with the Isle of Man Bank, said:

‘I am very much looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead at the Department of Home Affairs. There is a dedicated, professional and dynamic team in place and I am sure we will work in close partnership to build on the Department’s many recent successes. I’d like to place on record my appreciation of the work undertaken by my predecessor Mr Quayle and hope to continue those efforts to preserve the Island’s much-cherished quality of life.’

Mr Earnshaw’s appointment was welcomed by the Department’s Chief Executive Will Greenhow who said:

‘I am sure the new Minister will settle in quickly and lead the Department with great conviction and enthusiasm.’

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