Tuesday 20 February 2018

Donohoe appointed as new European Affairs Minister

Fionnan Sheahan and Fiach Kelly

Fine Gael TD Paschal Donohoe was appointed last night as the new European Affairs Minister.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny moved immediately to replace Lucinda Creighton, following her vote against the Government on the abortion legislation.

Mr Kenny held an incorporeal Cabinet meeting at 1:30am last night, with at least some ministers taking part over the phone.

Ministers had been tipped off by the Taoiseach's officials that there would be a swift appointment.

Mr Kenny demanded Ms Creighton's resignation in the wake of her vote against the coalition.

Mr Donohoe is the Fine Gael TD for Dublin Central.

But he is under pressure to hold his seat after the constituency was reduced from a four to a three seater in a redraw ahead of the next general election.

The redraw saw Mr Donohoe lose up to half his votes to the neighbouring Dublin West and Dublin North-West constituencies.

Aged 38, Mr Donohoe is married to Justine and the couple have two children, Oscar and Lucy.

He was first elected as a member of Dublin City Council in 2004, to the Seanad in 2007 and to the Dail in 2011.

He was formerly a sales manager with a multi-national company.

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