Cowen’s new Cabinet live blog…

6:20 Whilst I work to try and get this thing to work (given up and gone fishing), the first thing of note: Cowen made the Dail wait fifteen minutes and then announced that the debate on his appointment of the government would only be allowed two hours. Kenny and Gilmore have asked for three, with Kenny citing day long debates on past occasions.

RTE pushing out that Batt O’Keefe is to take over Education; Brendan Smith Agriculture; Mary Hanafin goes to Social and Family Affairs. Pat Carey becomes Government Whip… No word on Mary Coughlin, but some speculation that the Donegal SW TD is to become Tanaiste.

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