Cowen shuffles his increasingly limited cabinet…

Brian Cowen has announced his cabinet reshuffle. Big news is that the Tainiste Mary Coughlan leaves Enterprise as expected, but moves to Education. Eamonn O’Cuiv finally, after many years, gets to leave the Gaeltacht. And the two Green Ministers stay as they were… More on RTE News…

Brian Cowen – Taoiseach

Mary Coughlan – Tánaiste, Minister for Education and Science
(Previously Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment)

Brian Lenihan – Minister for Finance

Tony Killeen – Minister for Defence – Nominated
(Previously Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)

Mary Harney – Minister for Health

Noel Dempsey – Minister for Transport

Dermot Ahern – Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Micheál Martin – Minister for Foreign Affairs

Pat Carey – Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs – Nominated
(Previously Chief Whip)

Éamon Ó Cuív – Minister for Social and Family Affairs
(Previously Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs)

Mary Hanafin – Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism
(Previously Minister for Social and Family Affairs)

John Gormley – Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government

Eamon Ryan – Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

Brendan Smith – Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Batt O’Keeffe – Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation
(Previously Minister for Education and Science)

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