THE 17 TDs to take up appointments as junior ministers in the new Government were announced late last night.
The seven Fianna Fáil TDs to receive posts included Niall Collins, Anne Rabbitte, Robert Troy, Mary Butler, Jack Chambers, Charlie McConalogue, and Thomas Byrne.
The seven Fine Gael Junior Ministers are Colm Brophy, Josepha Madigan, Peter Burke, Frank Feighan, Martin Heydon, Damien English, and Patrick O’Donovan.
The three Green Party junior ministers were named as Joe O’Brien, Ossian Smyth, and Malcolm Noonan.
Cork North West Fianna Fáil TD Michael Moynihan was reported to be disappointed not to have received a junior ministry.
He was reported as saying that the Taoiseach had “insulted me and my community” by not appointing him a junior minister, adding that he was “very, very disappointed with him”.
Martin Heydon has been appointed Minister of State For Agriculture; Josepha Madigan will serve as Minister of State for Education; Colm Brophy will act as Minister of State for Overseas Aid and Development; Peter Burke will be Minister of State for Housing; Damien English is the new Minister of State for Enterprise; Patrick O’Donovan is Minister of State for Public Procurement, Open Government and eGovernment; Anne Rabbitte has been appointed Minister of State for Disabilities; Thomas Byrne will act as Minister of State for European Affairs; Charlie McConalogue is the new Minister of State for Justice; Mary Butler is the Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People; Niall Collins is the Minister of State for Education; Jack Chambers will serve as Minister of State at the Department of Finance; Joe O’Brien is the Minister of State for Social Protection in charge of Community Affairs; Ossian Smyth is the new Minister of State for Public Expenditure; Malcolm Noonan has been appointed the Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, and Frank Feighan will be Minister of State for Drug Policy and Well-being.