The Government has confirmed the full list of Ministers of State, with eight from Fianna Fáil, seven from Fine Gael and three Green Party TDs.

The Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green Party leaders consulted before the list of junior ministers was finalised, to ensure there was a geographical balance.

The appointments were not met with universal approval.

Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North West Michael Moynihan expressed his extreme disappointment at not being appointed a junior minister by Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

"He has insulted me and my community. I have worked so hard for the party over the last nine years; took a lot of s*** for him. Very, very cross," he said.‬

Former Minister for Education Joe McHugh and Fianna Fáil TD Jim O'Callaghan confirmed they had declined offers of ministerial posts. 

Mr O'Callaghan said he wanted "to devote more time to strengthening our great party by making it a more attractive option for young voters".

Mr O'Callaghan said he was asked this afternoon by Mr Martin to accept an appointment as a Minister of State in the Government. 

However, having thought carefully about the offer he decided not to accept, he said.

"The reason I am not accepting is because I believe my energy and abilities will be better used as a backbench Fianna Fáil TD rather than as a junior member of government," the Dublin Bay South TD said.

"At a time when many of our party's senior members will be preoccupied with their ministerial duties, I want to devote more time to strengthening our great party by making it a more attractive option for young voters," he added.

Mr O'Callaghan said Fianna Fáil needs strong voices outside Government who can ensure that the party's identity can be protected during the term of this coalition Government.


The full list of junior ministers is:

  • Dara Calleary, FF, Mayo: Government Chief Whip, has also been assigned to Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht with responsibility for the Gaeltacht and Sport.
  • Thomas Byrne, FF, Meath East: Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for EU Affairs.
  • Patrick O'Donovan, FG, Limerick: Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with responsibility for the Office of Public Works.
  • Ossian Smyth, GP, Dún Laoghaire:  Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with responsibility for Public Procurement and eGovernment.
  • Jack Chambers, FF, Dublin West: Department of Finance with responsibility for Financial Services, Credit Unions and Insurance.
  • Josepha Madigan, FG, Dublin Rathdown: Department of Education and Skills with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion.
  • Martin Heydon, FG, Kildare South: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for Research & Development/ Farm Safety/ New Market Development.
  • Anne Rabbitte, FF,  Galway East: Department of Children, Disability, Equality and Integration with responsibility for Disability.
  • Colm Brophy, FG, Dublin South-West: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora.
  • Charlie McConalogue, FF, Donegal: Department of Justice and Equality with responsibility for Law Reform
  • Joe O'Brien, GP, Dublin Fingal: Department of Rural and Community Development with responsibility for Community Development and Charities.
  • Peter Burke, FG, Longford–Westmeath: Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government with responsibility for Local Government and Planning.
  • Malcolm Noonan, GP, Carlow-Kilkenny: Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage with responsibility for Heritage and Electoral Reform.
  • Robert Troy, FF, Longford–Westmeath: Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with responsibility for Trade Promotion.
  • Damien English, FG, Meath West: Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with responsibility for Employment Affairs and Retail Businesses.
  • Mary Butler, FF, Waterford: Department of Health with responsibility for Mental Health and Older People.
  • Frank Feighan, FG, Sligo, Leitrim, South Donegal & North Roscommon: Department of Health with responsibility for Public Health, Well Being and National Drugs Strategy.
  • Niall Collins, FF, Limerick County: Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science with responsibility for Skills and Further Education.

The Government previously appointed Senator Pippa Hackett to be Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Hildegarde Naughton to be Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.



The coalition Cabinet announced on Saturday

Additional reporting Paul Cunningham, Mícheál Lehane