Frances Fitzgerald resigned as Tanáiste on Tuesday, after widespread criticism of her dealings with the Garda Commissioner.
The announcement of her departure was made, amid calls for a pre-new year election. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has today named her successor, to be former minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney. The announcement was made in the Dáil today at approximately 12 noon.
An Taoiseach said the appointment of Coveney will help increase the role he has in Brexit negotiations and says it will make it easier for him to work on Brexit with other departments.
“Appointing the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD, as Tánaiste will enhance his role in the Brexit negotiations currently underway and will make it easier for him to coordinate the work of other departments with respect of Brexit,” Varadkar said.
Heather Humphreys was appointed to the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation in Coveney's place. An Taoiseach said this is the first time in over seven years, someone has been selected as a minister in the role from outside the Dublin region.
Coveney’s appointment comes only a few short months after he was appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This role gave him extra responsibilty in dealing with Brexit. Coveney served previously as minister for Agriculture, Food and The Marine.