Public Policy

June 15, 2017

Varadkar’s Cabinet – no surprises, but Brexit now with Simon Coveney


Having been elected Taoiseach yesterday, Leo Varadkar moved quickly to confirm his full Cabinet, as shown below.  No major surprises, but Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure are back under the remit of one Minister and Simon Coveney, our new Minister for Foreign Affairs, adds Brexit to his brief, while Frances Fitzgerald remains on as Tánaiste but moves from Justice to Enterprise and Innovation. Meanwhile oversight of jobs moves from that Department to the new Department of Employment & Social Protection.  The only real demotion, one which was expected, came with Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s move from Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation to a super-junior at the Department of Education.  It remains to be seen who will receive Minister of State posts. These roles will be announced next Tuesday.

  • Super-Junior at Department of the Taoiseach & Defence: Paul Kehoe
  • Super-Junior at Department of Education: Mary Mitchell O’Connor
  • Super-Junior at Department of Health: Finian McGrath


For further insight into the individual Ministers, please contact the Instinctif Partners Dublin office via, or call on (00 353) 1 234 2606