Friday 19 January 2018

The new Cabinet line-up

A list of ministers

1. Taoiseach – Enda Kenny

2. Finance – Michael Noonan

Stays in portfolio as expected. Seen as the safest pair of hands in Cabinet.

3. Jobs – Richard Bruton

Remains in Department of Enterprise, despite a Health link.

4. Tanaiste and Social Protection - Joan Burton

Remains in her favoured department, as expected, but as Tanaiste.

5. Public Expenditure – Brendan Howlin

Being dropped from Cabinet was never on the cards.

6. Agriculture and Defence – Simon Coveney

May be disappointed after hinting he was on the move to Foreign Affairs. Being handed extra responsibility illustrates that the Taoiseach holds him in high regard.

7. Transport, Tourism and Sport – Paschal Donohoe

Another big winner. The Dublin Central TD was promoted from the European Affairs portfolio.

8. Environment and Local Government – Alan Kelly

Labour's deputy leader gets promotion after three years as minister of state at the Department of Transport.

9. Justice and Equality – Frances Fitzgerald

Position always secure after succeeding Alan Shatter in May.

10. Health – Leo Varadkar

A major test for the former Transport Minister, but Enda Kenny had limited options. Mr Varadkar, a qualified GP, will be tasked with bringing health spending under control.

11. Children and Youth Affairs – James Reilly

Demoted after his disastrous handling of the medical card fiasco and the over-run in health spending.

But move came as a surprise and means FG's deputy leader still has his dignity intact.

12. Communications, Energy and Natural Resources – Alex White

Elevated to cabinet despite poor vote in the Labour leadership contest. The Dublin South TD has a lot to prove.

13. Education and Skills – Jan O'Sullivan

A major promotion for the Limerick TD. The qualified school teacher put in a solid performance in the Department of the Environment, where she served as super junior minister with responsibility for Housing.

14. Foreign Affairs – Charlie Flanagan

The Laois/ Offaly TD succeeds Eamon Gilmore after the post was swapped between Fine Gael and Labour. A surprise promotion for Mr Flanagan, who served as Minister for Children for just two months.

15. Government Chief Whip – Paul Kehoe

Remains in his post, despite being linked to Agriculture.

16. Super Junior Minister at Department of Jobs – Ged Nash s

The Louth TD becomes the first super junior minister with responsibility for business and employment, despite his link to the so-called Labour gang of eight which tried to oust Eamon Gilmore as leader. He will also have responsibility for the new Low Pay Commission.

17. Attorney General – Maire Whelan: Remains in position

18. Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht – Heather Humphreys s

One of the big winners in the cabinet reshuffle. The TD replaces Jimmy Deenihan (see profile).

Irish Independent

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