Relief For New Look Cabinet In Daíl

The new Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, has spared the knives for the moment in his reshuffle of the cabinet.

Many of the roles have stayed the same, despite major changes in the cabinet's high profile roles.

Close friend of the Taoiseach, Mary Coughlan, has been given the role of Tánaiste and Enterprise, Trade and Employment Minister.

She is a former Social & Family Affairs Minister as a Minister of State in the Department of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht.

The outgoing Justice Minister, Brian Lenihan, has been appointed to the key role of Minister for Finance, while Dermot Ahern has stepped in to take the reins of the Ministery of Justice.

The new Tánaiste Ms Coughlan will carry out her first official duties when she represents the Government at the Order of Business in the Dáil tomorrow.

The Taoiseach and his new Cabinet will tonight travel to the Aras an Uachtarain residence of President Mary McAleese to receive their seals of office.

Cabinet Reshuffle results:
  • Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment - Mary Coughlan.
  • Minister for Finance - Brian Lenihan
  • Minister for Health and Children - Mary Harney
  • Minister for Transport - Noel Dempsey
  • Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform - Dermot Ahern
  • Minister for Foreign Affairs - Micheál Martin
  • Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism - Martin Cullen
  • Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs - Eamon Ó Cuiv
  • Minister for Social and Family Affairs - Mary Hanafin
  • Minister for Defence - Willie O'Dea
  • Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government - John Gormley
  • Minister for Communications, Energy And Natural Resources - Eamon Ryan
  • Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food - Brendan Smith
  • Minister for Education and Science - Batt O'Keeffe

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