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Donnelly Takes Over Harris’ Post


Having spent much of his time in Fianna Fáil picking holes in Simon Harris’ role as Minister For Health, Stephen Donnelly will now have to put his methods where his mouth is.

For today, as the new Irish Government is formed, Donnelly has been announced as the new Minister For Health whilst Harris will now take on the role of Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Research.

Which will no doubt bring its own set of difficult challenges, but, perhaps not quite as many as the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green Party coalition Government looks like this…

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has now been elected Taoiseach while Mr Varadkar is the new Tánaiste and Minster for Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

Stephen Donnelly (FF) is the new Minister for Health.

Darragh O’Brien (FF) has been given the Housing, Local Government and Heritage portfolio.

Barry Cowen (FF) is the new Minister for Agriculture and the Marine.

Norma Foley (FF) is the new Education Minister.

Michael McGrath (FF) is the new Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

Paschal Donohoe (FG) remains as Minister for Finance.

Helen McEntee (FG) is the new Justice Minister.

Simon Coveney (FG) remains Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence.

Eamon Ryan (Greens) will be the Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport.

Catherine Martin (Greens) will be Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sports and the Gaeltacht.

Roderic O’Gorman (Greens) will become Minister for Children, Disability Equality and Integration.

Heather Humphreys (FG) is the new Minister for Social Protection, Community & Rural Development and the Islands.

Simon Harris (FG) will be Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Research.

Hildegarde Naughton (FG) will be a Minister of State at the Department of Climate Action attending Cabinet.

Pippa Hackett (Greens) will be a Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture attending Cabinet.

Dara Calleary (FF) is Government Chief Whip and Minister of State attending Cabinet.

Paul Gallagher is Attorney General.

Among those stepping down from Goverment are Joe McHugh, leaving the post of Minister For Education, and Josepha Madian, who was Minister for Culture, Heritage & Gaeltacht.