New Junior Enterprise Minister Appointed

Photo Credit: Facebook @Neale Richmond

They'll take over the portfolio from Meath West TD Damien English, who resigned yesterday.

A new Junior Minister in the Departments of Enterprise, Trade & Employment, and Social Protection has been appointed

Neale Richmond has been approved for the position by government colleagues, and will take over the portfolio from Meath West TD Damien English.

Deputy English resigned earlier this week, over incorrect documents he gave Meath County Council, in relation to a planning application. 

In appointing him Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Richmond is an exceptionally capable politician who had been to the forefront in the debate around Brexit. 

It also means every TD in the Dublin Rathdown constituency now holds a Ministerial position. 

Justice Minister Simon Harris says Deputy English's decision to resign so quickly, is reflective of his character:

Finance Minister Michael McGrath says TDs have charge of their own affairs, but legislation around political standards needs to be reformed:

Read More: Midlands Junior Minister Resigns Over 2008 Planning Application

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