Former Government Minister accuses party of being ageist when it comes to appointing Junior Minsters

A former Government Minister has accused Fine Gael of being ageist over its appointment of junior Ministers.


Former Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said senior party members are out of contention for promotion despite their experience.



He suggested that there should be quotas for older people at elections or in Cabinet appointments.


Two new Fine Gael junior ministers were appointed yesterday as the Cabinet signed off on the reshuffle.



Jennifer Carroll MacNeill and Kieran O’Donnell were promoted to become junior ministers for finance and housing respectively while their party colleague Peter Burke took over the role of Minister of State for European Affairs.



Sligo Leitrim TD Frank has served as a Junior Minister at the Department of Health was not offer a new portfolio yesterday


Director of the Communications Clinic Terry Prone believes there is an element of age bias in politics: