The Labour Party has announced a frontbench reshuffle.

The key changes include party leader Brendan Howlin being Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Brexit, Sean Sherlock becoming Justice and Children Spokesperson and Joan Burton taking on Finance as well as Public Expenditure.

A number of senators have also been made frontbench spokespeople, including Ivana Bacik who becomes a Spokesperson on Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

Kevin Humphreys takes on Transport, Tourism and Sport, and Aodhán Ó Ríordáin takes on Education and Skills.

Government loses Dáil vote

The Government today lost another vote in the Dáil.

It was seeking to oppose a Fianna Fáil bill to establish an independent office sitting within the Insolvency Service, which would have the final say on mortgage restructuring involving a family home.

The Government had attempted to amend the Mortgage Arrears Resolution (Family Home) Bill 2017.

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said yesterday that the bill was "not well thought out" and was at risk of ongoing legal challenges.

The minister said the bill was incompatible with the Constitution and was at high risk of constitutional challenge.

But the Government lost the Dáil vote by 84 votes to 49. The bill will now continue its progression through the Dáil.