Minister for Transport promises significant Dáil reform

The appointment of a member of cabinet for housing is being welcomed by campaign groups

Updated: 12.25

As the new cabinet settles into office - the Minister for Transport's promising significant Dáil reform.

Shane Ross has echoed statements from Fianna Fáil saying a change of attitude is needed for the new Government to be a success.

He'd earlier broken ranks and announced he would be taking up office to the media before it was officially announced by the Taoiseach.

In his first speech as a Minister, he confirmed the economic management council is being scrapped.

And Minister Ross called on members of the opposition to bring forward productive proposals:

As the new cabinet settles into office - campaign groups have already issued a number of calls for action.

Leading the requests are calls for urgent efforts to tackle the homelessness crisis.

The appointment of a member of cabinet for housing is being welcomed by campaign groups.

However those working in the homelessness sector - say priority must being given to urgently tackling the crisis.

More than 6,000 people are currently in emergency accommodation - with more said to be under extreme financial pressure due to rising rents.

Niamh Randall of the Simon Community says immediate action's required:

Third level teachers are calling on the new Minister for Education to restore funding to the sector.

They say years of austerity has significantly reduced the quality of teaching they can provide for students.

Cuts to the sector and an increase in class sizes are set to top the agenda at the annual conference of the Irish Federation of University Teachers in Dublin today.

The gathering coincides with the appointment of Richard Bruton as the new Education Minister last night.

General Secretary of the union Mike Jennings says his members face impossible challenges:

Simon Harris is describing his new Ministry for Health as the greatest challenge of his life.

He says health needs a long term plan, with political consensus.

Speaking to East Coast FM, Minister Harris said getting it right is one of the biggest challenges facing Ireland:

Professor in politics at DCU Gary Murphy thinks the new government will last around two and a half years: