Appointment of Ministers of State

I wish to announce, for the information of the Dáil, the following changes to titles and functions of Ministers of State in Departments: the Government has assigned Deputy Dinny McGinley to be Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, with special responsibility for Gaeltacht affairs; Deputy Michael Ring to be Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, with special responsibility for tourism and sport; Deputy Kathleen Lynch to be Minister of State at the Departments of Health and Justice and Equality, with special responsibility for disability, equality and mental health; and Deputy Brian Hayes to be Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, with special responsibility for public service reform and the Office of Public Works.