Several TDs set for promotion to cabinet while existing member may be moved or dropped

Several TDs are set to be promoted to ministerial office while existing ministers will be moved across to new portfolios under the government being put together by Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny.

The Irish Examiner has learned that a number of ministers may also be dropped from their positions at the cabinet table, while several young TDs are being linked with promotions to junior ministerial posts.

Mr Kenny has a total of 14 senior roles to fill.

Separately, Mr Kenny will appoint an attorney general, a ‘super junior’ minister, and government chief whip, all of whom will sit at cabinet.

Fine Gael sources say Frances Fitzgerald may be appointed tánaiste while remaining as justice minister. However, Paschal Donohoe is also viewed as a potential tánaiste.

Ministers Michael Noonan and Leo Varadkar look set to remain on in finance and health, respectively.

Outgoing junior finance minister Simon Harris is being tipped for the role of public expenditure or social protection.

Simon Harris
Simon Harris

Simon Coveney is tipped for an overhauled Department of the Environment, to include climate change, energy, and communica-tions.

Housing may come out of this and be linked up with communities for a new portfolio.

This could be given to an Independent TD but is more likely to go to a Fine Gael TD, possibly Regina Doherty or Marcella Corcoran Kennedy.

There is speculation that Jobs Minister Richard Bruton may move to education. He may be replaced by Mr Donohoe.

Independent TD Katherine Zappone looks set to be appointed children’s minister while Independent Denis Naughten is being tipped as rural affairs minister.

Independent TD Katherine Zappone
Independent TD Katherine Zappone

Fine Gael TDs linked with junior ministerial roles include Josepha Madigan, Michael Creed, Helen McEntee, Mary Mitchell-O’Connor, Andrew Doyle, and Patrick O’Donovan. Eoghan Murphy or Damien English are being linked with the role of chief whip.

In a surprise move, Charlie Flanagan and Paul Kehoe may be dropped from the cabinet table

Charlie Flanagan
Charlie Flanagan

Independent Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran is tipped as minister with responsibility for the OPW, to oversee flooding, while Independent Finian McGrath is linked with a junior post for disability.

Party sources suggest Shane Ross, leader of the Independent Alliance, may be made chairman of a new budgetary committee.


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