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Cabinet Unshuffeled

The New Taoiseach announced his cabinet shortly after his visit to the President to collect his seal. Media scrutinized his choice with as if his choice of Minister was major, unless he'd planned to appoint a Senator to a cabinet seat his choices was limited to just 50 TDs as it seem increasing likely that the 3 independent ministers would retain their portfolios.

Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, with a small Fine Gael party had already stated that Frances Fitzgerald would remain as his Tánaiste, however the successions of controversies as Minister for Justice and Equality means she moves to the Department of Enterprise and Innovation. Rival Simon Conveney had already been appointed Deputy leader of the party and exits the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government and becomes Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. This allowed for the move of Charlie Flanagan to Justice and Equality.

As Micheal Noonan retired from his portfolio it had been widely reported that the new Taoiseach would re-merge the Department of Finance with Public Expenditure with Paschal Donohoe taking on both portfolios.

Out of this a new department created from the Department for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, with Eoghan Murphy becoming Minister for Housing Planning and Local Government and Micheal Ring taking Community into his portfolio.

The Department of Social Protection becomes the Department of Jobs and Social Protection with new Minister Regina Doherty taking on that portfolio.

Mary Mitchell O'Connor was the only Minister to lose her portfolio, now split between Frances Fitzgerald and Regina Doherty.

The remaining Fine Gael ministers retained their portfolios with Michael Creed continuing as Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Simon Harris as Minister for Health and Heather Humphreys Minister for Arts and Culture. Richard Bruton as Minister for Education and Skills.

Surprisingly neither the Defense nor the Gaeltacht departments have minister around the cabinate table. With Paul Keogh as Minister for State at the Department of Defense (however he will have a seat at cabinet meetings).

The remaining Independents kept their portfolios. Shane Ross as Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. Katherine Zappone as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and Denis Naughten as Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar*

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald (Minister for Enterprise and Innovation)

Simon Coveney Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade

Paschal Donohoe Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform

Simon Harris Minister for Health

Charlie Flanagan Minister for Justice and Equality

Michael Creed Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Heather Humphreys Minister for Arts and Culture

Michael Ring Minister for Community and Rural Affairs

Richard Bruton Minister for Education and Skills

Regina Doherty Minister for Employment and Social Protection*

Eoghan Murphy Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government*

Shane Ross Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport

Katherine Zappone Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

Denis Naughten Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment

*Promoted