Monday 11 December 2017

New Cabinet to be announced by Wednesday, reveals Michael Noonan

Finance spokesman Michael Noonan
Finance spokesman Michael Noonan

Colm Kelpie in Brussels

A new Cabinet should be announced by Wednesday, Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said.

Ahead of a meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Brussels, Mr Noonan said there was ''nuancing'' work going on in relation to the Programme for Government.

He said he didn't expect the outcome of this to be dramatic.

''There are issues that have come to the fore front, like additional social housing in the last while and I expect those to be met in the Programme for Government,'' he said.

He said ministerial changes were a matter for the Taoiseach, but added: ''It will be reasonably significant because there are a number of vacancies, we think, emerging both in labour and Fine Gael.

''They're obviously talking about certain policy issues but they're also talking about which party takes which ministerial position and which personality takes which ministerial position. That'll continue for a day or two.

'I expect we will have a new Cabinet announced by Wednesday.''

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