Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has today announced Simon Coveney as the new Tánaiste, replacing Frances Fitzgerald. Coveney will continue to serve as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Brexit.
This comes after Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald stepped down from her role two days ago. Fitzgerald claimed she was resigning for the sake of the country and to avoid a general election. She has vowed to clear her name at the Charlton Tribunal.
Speaking today, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said, "I believe his appointment as Tánaiste and as Deputy Prime Minister will enhance his position in representing the Government overseas and in the negotiations currently underway and will make it easier for him to coordinate the work of other departments with respect to Brexit."
It was also announced today that Heather Humphreys has been appointed to Ms Fitzgerald's former role of Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation. Ms Humphreys held the Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht portfolio since June.