The Taoiseach Brian Cowen has assigned the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to Minister Éamon Ó Cuív and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to Minister Pat Carey.
Mr Cowen made the decision following the resignation of John Gormley and Eamon Ryan today.
The Taoiseach today also received the resignations of Ministers of State Ciarán Cuffe and Mary White and upon his advice, the President has accepted them.
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A 6ft shark from the Great White family has washed up on a Kerry beach. The female porbeagle shark was discovered by local photographer Bernard Fitzgerald at the weekend as he was walking on the Aughacasla beach in Castlegregory.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield's ability to make his adventures in space accessible to a wider audience has been credited by a minister for a large increase in the number of Leaving Certificate students choosing physics and other science subjects.
Construction work has started on a giant food village, complete with its own market garden, mini dairy and micro-brewery, for what organisers predict will be the country's largest outdoor food festival.
USA: A rampaging, 22lb Oregon house cat with a "history of violence" attacked a baby and trapped a family and their dog in a bedroom at their Portland home before being captured by police, authorities said.
Former Irish Nationwide chairman Michael Walsh wrote to the late minister for finance, Brian Lenihan, warning him against bank mergers as the financial crisis escalated, according to a letter obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
One of the most senior doctors in the Department of Health, Colette Bonner, has responded to assertions from the wind lobby that her review on the health effects of turbines was "extremely limited and incomplete".