The Cabinet of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

In the past weeks, we have seen the election of a new Taoiseach and a cabinet reshuffle. There are three new faces in this cabinet, along with shuffles in various departments.

One of these alterations saw that the Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform Departments became unified and are now directed by Minister Paschal Donohoe. Michael Ring has also been reappointed from his position as the Minister of Rural Affairs to the new Department of Community and Rural Affairs.

Many other Ministers have been transferred into new Departments, such as Minister Frances Fitzgerald who has been reappointed to the Department of Enterprise & Innovation, moving away from her position in Justice.

Taking up the position in the Department of Justice is Minister Charlie Flanagan, his previous position as Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, falling to Simon Coveney, formerly of the Department for Housing, Planning & Local Government.

Eoghan Murphy will be taking over from Coveney and he is to take over as the Minister for Housing Planning & Local Government. Barrister Seamus Woulfe has been appointed as the 31st Attorney General of Ireland, succeeding former Attorney General Máire Whelan.

Previous Whip, Regina Doherty has been appointed as the Minister for Employment & Social Protection, while the Whip status is passed down to Minister Joe McHugh. As well as gaining the position of Chief Whip, McHugh has become the Minister for Culture with a special responsibility towards Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht & the Islands.

Mary Mitchell O’Connor has moved from her position in the Department of Jobs, Innovation & Enterprise to become the Minister for Education with a special responsibility in Higher Education.


The Full List of the New Cabinet and Departments are as follows:


Taoiseach                                                                                                     Leo Varadkar


Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise & Innovation                                             Frances Fitzgerald


Minister for Finance and Department of Public Expenditure & Reform                Paschal Donohoe


Minister for Health                                                                                         Simon Harris


Minister for Justice & Equality                                                                       Charlie Flanagan


Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine                                                      Michael Creed


Minister for Education & Skills                                                                       Richard Bruton


Minister for Employment & Social Protection                                                   Regina Doherty


Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade                                                                 Simon Coveney


Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government                                         Eoghan Murphy


Minister for Community & Rural Affairs                                                            Michael Ring


Minister for Arts and Culture                                                                           Heather Humphreys


Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport                                                           Shane Ross


Minister for Children & Youth Affairs                                                                Katherine Zappone


Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment                             Denis Naughten


Chief Whip & Minister of State at the Department of Culture

(with responsibility for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands)                                Joe McHugh


Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach and

the Department of Defence                                                                              Paul Kehoe


Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection,

the Department of Justice & Equality, and the Department of Health

(with special responsibility for Disability Issues)                                                 Finian McGrath


Minister of State at the Department of Education

(with special responsibility for Higher Education)                                               Mary Mitchell O’Connor