Marlene McDonald

Marlene gets down to work

The Ministry of Public Administration and Communications has welcomed Marlene McDonald, who was sworn in Thursday, as Minister in the Ministry of Public Administration and Communications.
A post on the ministry's Instagram page shows a photo of the minister at her desk.

PM: We all deserve a second chance

Despite being adamant that the Government does not associate with criminals when he fired Marlene McDonald as a minister last July, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says everyone, including McDonald, deserves a second chance.

“In her last outing there was some lack of judgement and we all deserve to get a second chance,” Rowley said during as tour of Bamboo Village, Cedros, as he defended his decision to bring her back into his Cabinet a third time.

Marlene McDonald to be appointed as a minister in the Ministry of Public Administration and Communication

Ms Marlene McDonald will be appointed minister in the ministry of public administration and communications.

The announcement was made a short while ago by the office of the prime minister.

The release stated Ms McDonald will assist the prime minister who continues to hold the portfolio which he assumed since the substantive minister, the honourable Maxie Cuffie, fell ill a few months ago.

The PM says “Ms McDonald can make a valuable contribution to the ministry and I am confident that she will meritoriously perform the duties required as a minister in the ministry”.

Marlene concerned about influx of Venezuelans

The Member of Parliament for Port-of-Spain South, Marlene McDonald, has expressed concern about the number of Venezuelans in the country but the acting Chief Immigration Officer says from the official number less Venezuelans came into the country through official ports of entry last year when compared to 2016 but admitted that she can only “surmise,” that people are “smuggled” into the country.