Simon Harris moves to Health as new Cabinet announced

Three Independent TDs appointed to full ministerial portfolios

Taoiseach Enda Kenny stands in Government Buildings with members of the new Cabinet. Photograph: Merrion Street

Taoiseach Enda Kenny stands in Government Buildings with members of the new Cabinet. Photograph: Merrion Street

 

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced the makeup of the new Cabinet. Singificant appointments include Simon Harris to Health, Leo Varadkar to Social Protection and Shane Ross to Transport. Mr Ross was among three Independent TDs to receive ministerial portfolios. The posts are as follows:

Department of Social Protection: Leo Varadkar

Finance: Michael Noonan

Public Expenditure and Reform: Paschal Donohoe

Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Mary Mitchell O’Connor

Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Michael Creed

Justice and Equality: Frances Fitzgerald (Tánaiste)

Children and Youth Affairs: Katherine Zappone

Health: Simon Harris

Foreign Affairs and Trade: Charlie Flanagan

Education and Skills: Richard Bruton

Housing, Planning and Local Government: Simon Coveney

Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources: Denis Naughten

Transport, Tourism and Sport: Shane Ross

Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht: Heather Humphreys

Defence: Enda Kenny

Minister of State at Departments of the Taoiseach and Defence with Special Responsibility for Defence: Paul Kehoe