Ministers revealed as new Cabinet put in place 6 months ago

Ministers revealed as new Cabinet put in place

Meet the new Cabinet.

TDs came and went from government buildings on Saturday afternoon as Cabinet positions were divvied up between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and The Green Party.


Eoghan Murphy, the much-maligned Minister for Housing, will be replaced by Fianna Fáil Housing Spokesperson Darragh O'Brien. Simon Harris will be replaced as Health Minister by Stephen Donnelly, who joined Fianna Fáil from the Soc Dems in 2017. Donnelly is from the same constituency as Harris, who is now tipped to take up a role as Minister for Higher Education.

Barry Cowen, brother of former Taoiseach Brian, has been given the Ministry for Agriculture, replacing Fine Gael's Michael Creed. Norma Foley, a first time TD, will be named Minister for Education.

Charlie Flanagan is out as Minister for Justice, though Fine Gael hold on to the Department, with Helen McEntee taking up the role.

Another Fine Gael Minister set to remain in situ is Paschal Donohoe as Minister for Finance, while Michael McGrath of Fianna Fáil takes over his brief as Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. Leo Varadkar, demoted from Taoiseach to Tánaiste, will take over as Minister for Trade, Enterprise and Employment.

Simon Coveney, who had been Tánaiste in the previous cabinet, is also expected to retain his office as Minister for Foreign Affairs. Heather Humphreys, the Fine Gael TD who had been Minister for Business, will now be Minister for Social Protection.

Leader of the Green Party Eamon Ryan will be Minister for Transport, with climate now part of that brief. Roderic O'Gorman will be Minister for Children, taking over from Katherine Zappone, who lost her seat in the general election earlier this year.

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin, who is currently challenging Ryan for leadership of the party, will be Minister for Culture, Arts, Media, Tourism and Sport.