A New Minister - Already

The three party coalition Irish government is but days old and already there has been a cabinet reshuffle. Dara Calleary (pictured in a RollingNews.ie photo) has been appointed Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine after his Fianna Fáil colleague, Barry Cowen, was sacked Tuesday night by Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Calleary had been Chief Whip and Junior Minister for the Gaeltacht until his appointment. His omission from the list of ministers last month had been a source of controversy as the government faced criticism for not having sufficient representation from the West of Ireland at the cabinet table, RTE reported. Junior Minister at the Department of Finance Jack Chambers has been promoted to take over Mr. Calleary's role as Government Chief Whip. Laois/Offaly TD Sean Fleming has been appointed Minister of State at the Department of Finance to fill Mr. Chambers' role. Mr. Cowen's dismissal followed controversy over a 2016 drink driving conviction that only came to light in recent days.

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