Junior Ministry

  • Fianna Fail Deputy Anne Rabbitte says while she would have loved to have been given a senior ministerial position she is delighted with the chance she is getting now.

    The Galway East TD has taken a Junior Ministry in the Department of Children with responsibility for Disability, Equality and Integration with responsibility for Disability.

    She says her focus for the role will be in ensuring inclusion for all.

  • Galway East deputy, Sean Canney says he’s more disappointed than angry at the Independent Alliance group for not honouring a hand shake agreement on the rotation of the portfolio, of Minister for the OPW.

    The Tuam based deputy and Kevin Boxer Moran flipped a coin when this coalition government was formed, to decide who would take on the position first and it was understood that it would rotate on a twelve month basis.

    But the present position holder Minister Kevin Boxer Moran refused to hand it back as the third year of the coalition got underway last month.

    Members of the Alliance backed Minister Moran staying on.

    Sean Canney spent two week considering his position and this morning announced he is leaving the group.

    He has also confirmed he'll continue to support the government in confidence and budgetary matters.

    Speaking to Midwest News today deputy Canney explained why it took him two weeks to decide on this move.

     He said he did not want to react hastiliy, and preferred to confer with his supporters.

    They met last night and agreed he would exit the group.

    He says he was elected as an Independent and he believes he can now serve his constituents best as an Independent.

    He says it is up to the Taoiseach now, if he is to retain his position as Assistant Government Whip.



  • Fianna Fáil's Jim O'Callaghan has turned down the offer of a junior ministry.
    He has said he thinks his efforts would be better spent on the backbenches.

    The TDs who are hopeful of a call have been waiting nervously by the phone all day, not told when exactly the decisions will be made.
    But the calls have started and there has already been some big news.

    Fianna Fail TD Jim O'Callaghan, having been overlooked for a cabinet position, has turned down the offer of a junior ministry in the Department of Justice.

    O'Callaghan has said his energy and abilities would be better spent on the backbenches and he wants to devote more time to strengthening the party while colleagues have their eyes on Ministerial duty.

    On the Fine Gael side former Education Minister Joe McHugh has also turned down a role.
    While Louth TD Fergus O'Dowd has emerged as a consensus candidate for Leas Ceann Comhairle.

    It looks as though Longford Westmeath's Peter Burke will get a post - while there's suggestions of Sligo Leitrim's Frank Feighan.

    Charlie McConalogue may benefit from Joe McHugh's absence in Donegal.
    Galway TD Anne Rabbitte tweeted a smiley face emoji, signalling she's included.
    While a call up is expected for Waterford's Mary Butler.