Donegal TD Joe McHugh confirmed as new Minister for Education & Skills

Donegal TD, Joe McHugh has been appointed to the the post of Minister for Education & Skills.

The Taoiseach earlier appointed Richard Bruton as Communications Minister to replace Denis Naughten who resigned on Thursday.

A number of other ministerial appointments have been made as a result of the change.  Including the elevation of Donegal TD, and former Chief Whip  to the post of Minister for Education & Skills.


Deputy McHugh expressed his delight with the his appointment to Ocean FM, however he also explained how he taking nothing for granted until his appointment is rubber stamped next week.


Sligo Leitrim TD, Tony McLoughlin has worked closely with Joe McHugh in the Chief Whip’s office in recent years.  Deputy McLoughlin says the appointment of Joe McHugh to education is great news for the North West Region.


Sean Kyne will take on the role of Minister for the Gaeltacht & the islands, he’ll also assume the role of Chief Whip.


Meanwhile Sean Canney has been promoted to the position of Minister of State at the Departments of Rural & Community Development and Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment.

All changes are subject to approval of the Dail and Cabinet – a vote on the appointments is due to take place on Tuesday.