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Two new junior ministers, key changes in Leo Varadkar’s cabinet

Dublin: Leo Varadkar has reshuffled his cabinet, including the appointment of new junior ministers. Varadkar’s Cabinet is expected to undergo a more significant reshuffle than the ministerial changes announced on Saturday. TD Brendan Griffin from Kerry was included in the cabinet, but he announced that he could not accept the ministerial position due to family reasons.

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill (Dunlery) and Kieran O’Donnell of Fine Gael were promoted. Peter Burke was appointed as European Affairs Minister. Sports Minister Thomas Byrne was retained, as was Higher Education Minister Niall Collins. Drugs Strategy Minister Frank Feagan and Foreign Aid Minister Colm Brophy (Tala) were lost.

Joe O’Brien, the Minister for Community Development, has also been tasked with overseeing the accommodation of refugees arriving in Ireland. His job will be to assist the Department of Integration in this regard. Hildegard Naughton, who has been appointed as Government Chief Whip in the Prime Minister’s Department, has also been given the additional position of Minister of State for Health.

Jack Chambers, Minister for International, Road Transport, and Logistics at the Department for Transport, has also been appointed Minister for Postal Policy at the Department for the Environment. Senator Pippa Hackett is Minister for Land Use and Biodiversity at the Department of Agriculture.

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said that all the new ministers will play a decisive role in overcoming all the challenges the country is facing. For security reasons, Leo Varadkar has instructed the new members to participate in cabinet discussions only after leaving their mobile phones out.

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