Harris made Junior Finance Minister; Labour get six junior ministries

The newly announced Ministers of State (left-right front row): Paul Keogh, Damien English, Kathleen Lynch, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Joan Burton, Sean Sherlock, Paudie Coffey and Michael Ring, (left-right back row) Joe McHugh, Simon Harris, Kevin Humpreys, Aodhán Ríordáin, Ged Nash, Darragh Murphy, Ann Phelan and Tom Hayes at Government Buildings, today. Pic: PA

The country's second youngest TD, Simon Harris, has been appointed as Junior Finance Minister, the position formerly held by Brian Hayes, in the Government's reshuffle.

The 27-year-old is a first-time TD for Wicklow and member of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) who contested a European Parliament seat in Ireland South in Mays’ elections.

Joan Burton's Labour Party has been given six of the 15 Junior Minister posts which has seen the likes of Fergus O’Dowd and Ciaran Cannon left out for Fine Gael.

Cork North Central TD Dara Murphy (FG) will be Minister for Foreign Affairs Natural Resources with Special Responsibility for European Affairs and Data Protection.

Labour's Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has been made a junior minister the Department of Justice and Equality and Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht with special responsibility for Equality, New Communities and Culture.

The party also got a junior ministry for Kevin Humphreys in the Department of Social Protection with Special Responsibility for Activation, while Sean Sherlock has been given a junior ministry in the Department of Foreign Affairs with Special Responsibility for ODA, Trade Promotion and North South cooperation.

Damien English has been given a junior ministry in Education, Tom Hayes is in the Department of Agriculture, Paudie Coffey has a job in the Department of the Environment and Jimmy Deenihan will take up a junior ministry in the Department of Foreign Affairs with special responsibility for the Diaspora.

The Government decision in relation to Ministers of State is as follows:

Fine Gael Ministers of State

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach with Special Responsibility as Government Chief Whip and Defence

Paul Kehoe TD

Minister of State at the Departments of Finance PER and Taoiseach with Special Responsibility for the OPW, Public procurement, and International Banking (incl IFSC)

Simon Harris TD

Minister of State at the Departments of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs Natural Resources with Special Responsibility for European Affairs and Data Protection

Dara Murphy TD

Minister of State at the Departments of Education and Skills and Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

With Special Responsibility for Skills, Research and Innovation

Damien English TD

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine With Special Responsibility for Food, Forestry Horticulture and Food Safety

Tom Hayes TD

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources with Special Responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources.

Joe McHugh TD

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport with Special Responsibility for Tourism and Sport

Michael Ring TD

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment with Special Responsibility for Housing, Planning and Coordination of the Construction 2020 Strategy

Paudie Coffey TD

Minister of State at the Departments of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs with Special Responsibility for the Diaspora

Jimmy Deenihan TD

Labour Ministers of State

Super-Junior : Minister for Business and Employment (at D/Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation) With Special responsibility for small business and collective bargaining.

Ged Nash TD

Minister of State at the Department of Health With Special Responsibility for Primary Care, Mental Health and Disability

Kathleen Lynch TD

Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection with Special Responsibility for Activation

Kevin Humphreys TD

Minister of State at the Departments of Agriculture, Food and Marine and Transport, Tourism and Sport with Special Responsibility for Rural Economic Development (implementation of the CEDRA Report) and rural transport.

Ann Phelan TD

Minister of State at the Departments of Justice and Equality and Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht With Special Responsibility for Equality, New Communities and Culture.

Aodhan O’Ríordain TD

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs with Special Responsibility for ODA, Trade Promotion and North South cooperation.

Sean Sherlock TD

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