Worth A Troy


From top: new Fianna Fáil junior ministers Thomas Byrne (left) with Taoiseach Micheál Martin; Anne Rabbitte; Jack Chambers and Robert Troy (left) and Mr Martin

This morning.

The government’s new junior ministers and their portfolios:

Dara Calleary, FF, Mayo: Government Chief Whip, has also been assigned to Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht with responsibility for the Gaeltacht and Sport.

Thomas Byrne, FF, Meath East: Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for EU Affairs.

Patrick O’Donovan
, FG, Limerick: Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with responsibility for the Office of Public Works.

Ossian Smyth
, GP, Dún Laoghaire: Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with responsibility for Public Procurement and eGovernment.

Jack Chambers, FF, Dublin West: Department of Finance with responsibility for Financial Services, Credit Unions and Insurance.

Josepha Madigan, FG, Dublin Rathdown: Department of Education and Skills with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion.

Martin Heydon, FG, Kildare South: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for Research & Development/ Farm Safety/ New Market Development.

Anne Rabbitte, FF, Galway East: Department of Children, Disability, Equality and Integration with responsibility for Disability.

Colm Brophy, FG, Dublin South-West: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora.

Charlie McConalogue, FF, Donegal: Department of Justice and Equality with responsibility for Law Reform

Joe O’Brien, GP, Dublin Fingal: Department of Rural and Community Development with responsibility for Community Development and Charities.

Peter Burke
, FG, Longford–Westmeath: Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government with responsibility for Local Government and Planning.

Malcolm Noonan, GP, Carlow-Kilkenny: Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage with responsibility for Heritage and Electoral Reform.

Robert Troy, FF, Longford–Westmeath: Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with responsibility for Trade Promotion.

Damien English, FG, Meath West: Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with responsibility for Employment Affairs and Retail Businesses.

Mary Butler, FF, Waterford: Department of Health with responsibility for Mental Health and Older People.

Frank Feighan, FG, Sligo, Leitrim, South Donegal & North Roscommon: Department of Health with responsibility for Public Health, Well Being and National Drugs Strategy.

Niall Collins
, FF, Limerick County: Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science with responsibility for Skills and Further Education.


Government confirms junior minister portfolios (RTÉ)


26 thoughts on “Worth A Troy

  1. Jonickal

    Niall Collins, one of those caught up in “votegate” last year, is rewarded with a junior ministry.
    Lisa Chambers, also involved in the same, was rewarded with the party’s leader of the Seanad role.
    Timmy Dooley, another one, given a Seanad seat by the Taoiseach.

  2. Slightly Bemused

    I have to chuckle at these titles. I used have to formally get in touch with some (particularly those in Foreign Affairs and Overseas Development Aid. When addressing any formal communication to the relevant department, even though it was dealt with by a member of the staff, you had to address it to the relevant Junior Minister, spelled out in full.
    Some, like Dara Calleary’s new one,can take up a quarter of a page! It was not terribly great fun :-(

    1. Praetorian.

      The bould Franko had You Tube take down the video clip of him assaulting the elderley gentleman in Roscommon…didn’t like it much.

  3. Toby

    Poor Jack Chambers is continuously the subject of quite personal attacks. Anyone know why?

    1. Brother Barnabas

      “Why are you opposed to allow the people decide whether to repeal the 8th or not?”

      “Because I’m pro-life.”

    2. Toby

      Fair enough. Now that you all put it like that, the case is indeed damning. How dare he stand up for himself. Another way to look at it is that its simple bullying, like that poor Fine Gael lad who went to a conference.

  4. Vanessanelle

    Thrilled to have a Minister responsible for Credit Unions

    But did it have to be Jack Chambers

    Hardly springs to mind as someone who has some shared Interests and relationship with the Cooperative Movement

    Of the list that got the call up Patrick Donovan springs to mind as a natural, having been a Jnr in Finance last time, or one of the Greens

      1. Vanessanelle

        A scheme that is funded by the Credit Unions
        And is currently over subscribed

        But don’t let that get in the way of any of the Central Bank, Bankers Lobby and FG spin

  5. theo kretschmar-schuldorff

    I’m a little miffed that the politicians whom I voted #1 & #2 back in Feb – and who both had excellent chances of becoming serious players in Government – both abdicated the power vested in them.
    The SDs making no effort to effect change by being in power.
    And Neasa Hourigan rebelling against her own PfG. She could have been a real use to her constituency in office.

  6. Harry Robertson

    The constant realignment of departments is totally frustrating. They must get through one realignment, then anew government and then realigned again. No wonder some think the public service is broke. Staff are having to do day jobs (you know, serving the public) and then have to put up with realignment running in parallel.

    1. Otis Blue

      All of which suggests that these Ministers have no real function or power. However dicking around with Department titles allows the Government to shoehorn in the maximum number snouts at the trough.

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