Jack Chambers and Niall Collins appointed Ministers of State as Jim O’Callaghan and Joe McHugh turn down roles
Earlier Fianna Fáil TD Jim O’Callaghan turned down an offer of a junior ministerial post.Mr O’Callaghan told The Irish Times he was offered a junior position in the Department of Justice, with responsibility for law reform.“I was asked this afternoon by an Taoiseach, Micheál Martin TD, to accept an appointment as minister of state in the government. Having thought carefully about this offer I have decided not to accept,” he said.
“The reason I am not accepting is because I believe my energy and abilities will be better used as a backbench Fianna Fáil TD rather than as a junior member of government.“At a time when many of our party’s senior members will be preoccupied with their ministerial duties, I want to devote more time to strengthening our great party by making it a more attractive option for young voters. I also believe Fianna Fáil needs strong voices outside government who can ensure that our party’s identity can be protected during the term of this coalition government.
“I wish Micheál and his government every success in the years ahead.”The outgoing Fine Gael Minister for Education Joe McHugh is understood to have also turned down a junior ministerial post.‘Votegate’Mr Chambers has been appointed Minister of State at the Department of Finance with responsibility for financial institutions. headtopics.com
Mr Collins has been appointed Minister of State at the Department of Education. When the “votegate” scandal erupted in the Dáil last year he lost his portfolio as the party’s spokesman on jobs, enterprise and innovation.The Government appointed 17 junior ministers on Wednesday. The two so-called super juniors who sit at Cabinet as well as the Government chief whip were named on Saturday along with all the senior ministers.
The Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green party leaders did not co-ordinate their appointments for the senior ministries resulting in the controversy over the absence of a minister in the West.The new Ministers of State at a glance:Dara Calleary, already appointed to the Department of the Taoiseach as Government Chief Whip, has been assigned additional responsibilities to also be a Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.
Following the formal reconfiguration of Departments, Minister of State Calleary will be assigned to the Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht.Thomas Byrne - Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (EU Affairs)
Patrick O’Donovan - Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (OPW)Ossian Smyth - Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Public Procurement and eGovernment)Jack Chambers - Department of Finance (Financial Services, Credit Unions and Insurance) headtopics.com
Josepha Madigan - Department of Education and Skills (Special Education and Inclusion)Martin Heydon - Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Research & Development/ Farm Safety/ New Market Development)Anne Rabbitte - Department of Health and the Department of Justice and Equality (Disability). Following the formal reconfiguration of departments, she will be assigned to the Department of Children, Disability, Equality and Integration
Colm Brophy - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora)Charlie McConalogue - Department of Justice and Equality (Law Reform)Joe O’Brien - Department of Rural and Community Development (Community Development and Charities)
Peter Burke - Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Local Government and Planning)Malcolm Noonan - Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Heritage); and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Electoral Reform). Following the formal reconfiguration of departments, he will be assigned to the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
Robert Troy - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Trade Promotion). Following the formal reconfiguration of departments, he will be assigned to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and EmploymentDamien English - Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Employment Affairs); and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Retail Businesses). Following the formal reconfiguration of departments, he will be assigned to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. headtopics.com
Mary Butler - Department of Health (Mental Health and Older People)Frank Feighan - Department of Health (Public Health, Well Being and National Drugs Strategy)Niall Collins - Department of Education and Skills (Skills and Further Education). Following the formal reconfiguration of departments, he will be assigned to the Department of Higher Education, Innovation and ScienceRead more: The Irish Times »
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