Sunday Long Reads: Who are the first time cabinet ministers, and is the Programme for Government feasible?

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After 70 days, Ireland finally has a government once again, but what promises were made to get the deal over the line for Fine Gael and Enda Kenny?

This week's Long Reads concentrates on that newly formed cabinet, and the Programme for Government which lays out the foundations of how this unique set up will work. Odran Flynn asks is it feasible, Joseph Conroy examines what, if any promises have been made on mental health, while Catherine Healy profiles the first-time minsters who join the cabinet. 

Elsewhere, Rory Cashin asks why Hollywood seems to be unable to portray the Middle East on screen, while Raf Diallo looks at a select group of other surprise champions after Leicester City's historic title win.

Independents' Day: Programme for Government promises more than it can feasibly deliver

After the, at times, farcical events of the past 70 days, it was no surprise that the Government of the 32nd Dáil should be formed in the manner that it was on Friday.

Judging by the draft Programme for Government, it is a case of Little House on the Prairie meets the Waltons, or in terms more familiar to us “there's something for everyone in the audience”.

Whether or not the range of proposals are feasible in terms of cost, or indeed can be legally enforced given that some may infringe EU fiscal rules, is another question entirely.

Meet your new ministers: What you need to know about the first-time cabinet members

The waiting is over. Over two months after the election, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced his new cabinet.

In this new Fine Gael minority government, there is continuity in only a handful of ministries: Michael Noonan is keeping the finance portfolio, Frances Fitzgerald stays in justice, Charlie Flanagan retains foreign affairs and Heather Humphreys hold onto arts. 

With a number of first-time Fine Gael ministers also being appointed, there are plenty of new faces in the lineup.  Who are they?

How will a new Fine Gael-led government tackle suicide and mental health issues?

As with much of the proposed "Programme for Partnership" document which has been published, the 'commitments' surrounding mental health policy are broad and largely aspirational.

There is one interesting symbolic feature, the inclusion of the word "suicide." The five pages dedicated to mental health in the 160-page document contains four references to suicide - that's four more than the Fine Gael manifesto published ahead of February's General Election.

Hollywood's comedy crisis with the Middle East

As the old saying goes, tragedy plus time equals comedy. Hollywood, however, has never been a place overflowing with patience.

There has been a recent spate of superstars attempting to tackle the Middle East in a more comedic manner than you might expect for a part of the world that is still very much war torn, not to mention torn up by a war that many people can't fully figure out.

Leicester have joined this select group of surprise champions

They've not just done it but they've achieved it with two games to spare. Thanks to a point at Old Trafford and Tottenham's failure to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, Leicester City have won the Premier League for the first time in their history. 

No one expected the Foxes, who were bottom of the Premier League for 19 matchdays (or to put it in other terms: half a season) last season, to do what they have just done.

But they aren't the only club to completely sweep logic out of the way and cause a title shock in Europe's other Big Five leagues.