Appointment of Minister of State: Announcement by Taoiseach

I call on the Taoiseach to make an announcement for the information of the House.

I wish to announce for the information of the House that, on 11 July 2013, I accepted the resignation of Deputy Lucinda Creighton as Minister of State at the Departments of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Government, on my nomination, has appointed Deputy Paschal Donohoe to be Minister of State at the Departments of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs and Trade, with special responsibility for European affairs, with effect from 12 July 2013. I am sure Oscar and Lucy will be very pleased.