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'Frankenstein Department' shows how compromises can end up a dog's dinner

Cormac McQuinn


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Catherine Martin, Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sports at the Convention Centre Dublin for the announcement of the members of the new Cabinet. Photo: MAXWELLS

Catherine Martin, Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sports at the Convention Centre Dublin for the announcement of the members of the new Cabinet. Photo: MAXWELLS

Catherine Martin, Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sports at the Convention Centre Dublin for the announcement of the members of the new Cabinet. Photo: MAXWELLS

As acronyms go, DMTACSG, isn't a very good one and it's unlikely to catch on when people are describing the government's new Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht.

But the 'Frankenstein Department' is a vivid illustration of the compromises that had to be struck in balancing the demands of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party as they enter coalition.