Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has announced minor changes to his front bench.

Most senior party spokespersons are keeping their portfolios.

However, Seán Crowe is moving from education to Foreign Affairs, Trade and Diaspora, while Jonathan O'Brien is moving from Justice to Education.

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn moves from Foreign Affairs to Justice.

Mr Adams said that if he could he would reshuffle the entire Cabinet.

Asked if any minister was doing a good job, he replied: “After thoughtful consideration, no.”

Mr Adams also said the Fiscal Council should “get lost” after it suggested the Government make bigger than planned adjustments to reduce the deficit.

He said his party accepted there has to be an adjustment of €3.5bn in the Budget, but said the issue was how this was to be achieved and that his party would put forward an alternative way of achieving adjustments without inflicting more severe cuts.

He said the Government was not boasting but being loud in describing the upcoming Budget as the most savage yet.