Sunday 19 January 2020

Taoiseach aides ban 'acting' titles

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: PA
Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: PA

Niall O'Connor

Enda Kenny's officials have told government departments to desist from using the term 'acting' when describing the work of ministers.

The acting Taoiseach's aides told department chiefs on Friday that, under the Constitution, ministers remain in their respective roles until a new government is formed.

But the decision to contact each department over the use of the term 'acting minister' caused some surprise.

"You would have thought there would be more important things for them to worry about than that. It was somewhat bizarre," one government source told the Irish Independent.

A spokesman confirmed that the departments had been contacted last Friday in order to "clear up any confusion" about the use of the term 'acting minister'.

It has now been 38 days since the election and there is still no government in place.

But even ministers who lost their seats in the election, such as James Reilly, Alex White and Paudie Coffey, have continued to attend events pertaining to their former departments.

As previously revealed by the Irish Independent, the ongoing impasse has resulted in significant delays in legislation being passed.

Irish Independent

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