Monday 25 September 2017

Junior Ministers appointed

Fifteen Junior Ministers have been appointed to the Fine Gael-Labour coalition Government.

Several new positions have been created in the health, economy and transport portfolios while other jobs have been broadened.

Fine Gael had been committed to reducing junior ministries to 12.

The new Junior Ministers are:

- Labour's Roisin Shortall, Primary Care in the Department of Health.

- Fine Gael's John Perry, Small Business in the Department of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation.

- Fine Gael's Fergus O'Dowd, NewEra Project in the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources & Department of Environment, Community & Local Government.

- Labour's Alan Kelly, Public & Commuter Transport - Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport.

- Fine Gael's Dinny McGinley, Gaeltacht Affairs in the Department of Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht Affairs.

- Fine Gael's Michael Ring, Tourism & Sport in the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport.

- Labour's Jan O'Sullivan, Trade & Development in the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.

- Labour's Kathleen Lynch, Disability, Equality & Mental Health in the Department of Health & Department of Justice, Equality & Defence.

- Fine Gael's Brian Hayes, Public Service Reform & the Office of Public Works in the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform & Department of Finance.

- Fine Gael's Shane McEntee, Food, Horticulture & Food Safety in the Department of Agriculture, Marine & Food.

- Fine Gael's Lucinda Creighton, European Affairs in the Department of the Taoiseach & Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.

- Labour's Sean Sherlock, Research & Innovation in the Department of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation & Department of Education & Skills.

- Fine Gael's Ciaran Cannon - the last leader of the defunct Progressive Democrats takes Training & Skills in the Department of Education & Skills.

The two other names announced last night were Labour's Willie Penrose, who takes the so-called 'Super Junior' role of Planning and Housing in the Department of the Environment and a seat at Cabinet, and Fine Gael's Paul Kehoe, the Government Chief Whip.

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