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Varad­kar reshuf­fles his Cab­i­net to move Bru­ton to plug Comms gap

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY and

RICHARD Bru­ton has been ap­pointed as Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter fol­low­ing De­nis Naugh­ten’s shock res­ig­na­tion.

Mr Bru­ton, who has served as Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter since May 2016, will be re­placed by Done­gal TD Joe Mchugh.

The Taoiseach has con­firmed four new min­is­te­rial ap­point­ments to his Cab­i­net. Mr Varad­kar pro­poses to as­sign Sean Kyne as the new Chief Whip and Min­is­ter for the Gaeltacht and the is­lands, and un­aligned In­de­pen­dent TD Sean Can­ney the Min­is­ter of State at the De­part­ments of Ru­ral and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment and Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Cli­mate Ac­tion and En­vi­ron­ment.

The Gov­ern­ment was called into ques­tion this

Mr Bru­ton week fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter. Mr Varad­kar came un­der scru­tiny from the pub­lic and Op­po­si­tion par­ties with many pre­dict­ing an elec­tion was im­mi­nent. How­ever, on Fri­day, Fianna Fail leader Micheal Mar­tin called on the premier not to col­lapse the Ir­ish Gov­ern­ment un­til Brexit is­sues have been re­solved.

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