Sunday 17 December 2017

Fianna Fail will vote against Mary Mitchell O'Connor's super junior appointment

Mary Mitchell O'Connor got the new super junior post in the Department of Education. Photo: Tom Burke
Mary Mitchell O'Connor got the new super junior post in the Department of Education. Photo: Tom Burke
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s new appointment is in doubt as Fianna Fáil are preparing to vote against legislation to create a ‘super junior’ ministry for the sacked Jobs Minister.

Newly elected Taoiseach Leo Varadkar created a new super junior post in the Department of Education for Ms Mitchell O’Connor after he dropped her as a senior Cabinet minister.

The appointment has resulted in backlash for Mr Varadkar from Fine Gael TDs and opposition politicians.

The Dáil will have to pass legislation to create the position for Ms Mitchell O’Connor. Under existing laws, the Taoiseach can appoint a maximum of two super junior ministers who can sit at the Cabinet table.

The legislation provides for an extra €16,288-a-year allowance on top of the minister of State salary of €124,439. The two current super junior ministers are Paul Kehoe and Finian McGrath.

A senior Fianna Fáil source confirmed today said the party would not support legislation to create a third super junior ministry.

“Two super juniors is quite adequate and it is not up to the Dáil to pass legislation to solve an internal Fine Gael demotion/promotion issue,” the source said.

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