Members of the new cabinet to travel to the Áras tonight

They will collect their seals of office, and the house is now in recess until later this month

Members of the new cabinet to travel to the Áras tonight

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Members of the new cabinet will collect their seals of office from the President tonight. 

The nomination of the 16 new Ministers has passed a Dáil vote and the house is now in recess until later this month. 

Enda Kenny today made history by becoming the first Fine Gael leader to be re-elected Taoiseach for consecutive terms.

He won a Dáil vote by 59 to 49 after another day of drama about getting Independents to support him.

The Taoiseach announced the new cabinet members shortly after 6.15pm this evening:

They are as follows:

  • Taoiseach and Minister for Defence - Enda Kenny
  • Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality - Frances Fitzgerald
  • Minister for Finance - Michael Noonan 
  • Minister for Health - Simon Harris
  • Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government - Simon Coveney
  • Minister for Children and Youth Affairs - Katherine Zappone
  • Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform - Paschal Donohue
  • Minister for Social Protection - Leo Varadkar
  • Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine - Michael Creed
  • Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport - Shane Ross
  • Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation  - Mary-Mitchell O'Connor
  • Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade - Charlie Flanagan
  • Minister for Education and Skills - Richard Bruton
  • Minister for Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources - Denis Naughten
  • Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht - Heather Humphreys 

New faces to the Cabinet Table include Independent TDs Shane Ross, Denis Naughten, Katherine Zappone and Finian McGrath. Fine Gael TDs getting promoted include Regina Doherty, Mary-Mitchell O’Connor, Michael Creed and Simon Harris. 

The Taoiseach announced he will take on the Department of Defence, with Paul Kehoe appointed Minister of State at the Department of Taoiseach with Special responsibility at the Department of Defence. 

Finian McGrath have been announced as Super Junior across various departments with Regina Doherty as Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of Taoiseach.

Máire Whelan, meanwhile, will remain as Attorney General.

The new Ministers have been tweeting their reactions to the appointments, highlighting the most urgent challenges facing this government:

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