Simon Harris to take prestigious junior minister role in Finance
WICKLOW Fine Gael TD Simon Harris will take the prestigious junior minister role in the Department of Finance.
Mr Harris will fill the role vacated by Dublin MEP Brian Hayes after he was successfully elected to the EU Parliament.
Mr Harris was tipped for a junior minister role but landing the job in the Department of Finance is a big coup for the Dail’s youngest TD.
Other promoted Fine Gael deputies include Waterford TD Paudie Coffey and Meath West TD Damien English.
Donegal North East TD Joe McHugh will also be made a junior minister, as will Cork North Central’s Dara Murphy.
Mayo’s Michael Ring and Tipperary South’s Tom Hayes will continue in their roles.
Donegal South East’s Dinny McGinley, Sligo North Leitrim’s John Perry, Louth’s Fergus O’Dowd and Galway East’s Ciaran Cannon lost their positions in the reshuffle.
Notably, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has not promoted any women in his reshuffle of junior ministers.
The Labour Party promoted Carlow-Kilkenny's Ann Phelan is the only female TD to be promoted in the reshuffle.
Labour have also given junior minister roles to Dublin North Central’s Aodhan O Riordan and Dublin South East’s Kevin Humprehys.
Cork deputies Sean Sherlock and Kathleen Lynch will remain as junior ministers but Labour stalwart Joe Costello lost his job.
Ged Nash was appointed as super junior during the Cabinet reshuffle last week.
The Government decision in relation to Ministers of State is as follows:
Fine Gael Ministers of State
*Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach with Special Responsibility as Government Chief Whip and Defence
Paul Kehoe TD
*Minister of State at the Departments of Finance PER and Taoiseach with Special Responsibility for the OPW, Public procurement, and International Banking (incl IFSC)
Simon Harris TD
*Minister of State at the Departments of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs Natural Resources with Special Responsibility for European Affairs and Data Protection
Dara Murphy TD
*Minister of State at the Departments of Education and Skills and Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
With Special Responsibility for Skills, Research and Innovation
Damien English TD
*Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine With Special Responsibility for Food, Forestry Horticulture and Food Safety
Tom Hayes TD
*Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources with Special Responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources.
Joe McHugh TD
*Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport with Special Responsibility for Tourism and Sport
Michael Ring TD
*Minister of State at the Department of the Environment with Special Responsibility for Housing, Planning and Coordination of the Construction 2020 Strategy
Paudie Coffey TD
*Minister of State at the Departments of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs with Special Responsibility for the Diaspora
Jimmy Deenihan TD
Labour Ministers of State
*Super-Junior : Minister for Business and Employment (at D/Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation) With Special responsibility for small business and collective bargaining.
Ged Nash TD
*Minister of State at the Department of Health With Special Responsibility for Primary Care, Mental Health and Disability
Kathleen Lynch TD
*Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection with Special Responsibility for Activation
Kevin Humphries TD
*Minister of State at the Departments of Agriculture, Food and Marine and Transport, Tourism and Sport with Special Responsibility for Rural Economic Development (implementation of the CEDRA Report) and rural transport.
Ann Phelan TD
*Minister of State at the Departments of Justice and Equality and Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht With Special Responsibility for Equality, New Communities and Culture.
Aodhan O’Ríordain TD
*Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs with Special Responsibility for ODA, Trade Promotion and North South cooperation.
Sean Sherlock TD