Simon Harris among new Ministers of State

Tuesday 15 July 2014 22.04
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The junior ministers pose for photos with the Taoiseach and Tánaiste
The junior ministers pose for photos with the Taoiseach and Tánaiste
Simon Harris will become Minister of State in the Department of Finance
Simon Harris will become Minister of State in the Department of Finance

Fine Gael backbenchers Simon Harris and Dara Murphy are among a number of promotions to the junior ministerial ranks.

The Cabinet has agreed the appointment of the Ministers of State, with 15 positions filled.

Mr Harris, a Wicklow TD, will become Minister of State in the Department of Finance, the position formerly held by Brian Hayes.

Mr Murphy of Cork North Central is to be Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs dealing with Europe replacing Paschal Donohoe.

Labour's Kevin Humphreys is the junior minister for Social Protection, with party colleague Aodhán Ó Ríordáin also promoted.

Labour's Ann Phelan will be a Minister of State in the Department of Agriculture with responsibility for rural affairs.

Fine Gael's Damien English will be junior minister for Education and Enterprise, while Fine Gael's Joe McHugh will also be a junior minister.

Fine Gael Ministers of State

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

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

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

Damien English - Minister of State at the Departments of Education and Skills and Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation With Special Responsibility for Skills, Research and Innovation

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

Joe McHugh - 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

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

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

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

Labour Ministers of State

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

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

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

Ann Phelan - 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.

Aodhan O'Ríordain - 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

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

Several junior ministers have been dropped, including Joe Costello, Ciaran Cannon, Fergus O'Dowd, Dinny McGinley and John Perry.