Appointment of Ministers and Ministers of State

I wish to announce for the information of the Dáil that the Taoiseach having informed the President that Dáil Éireann had approved his nomination of Deputies to be members of the Government, the President on 6 May 2016 appointed them accordingly. On the same day, the Taoiseach nominated me to be Tánaiste and assigned me to the Department of Justice and Equality. On the same date, he assigned the Department of Defence to himself and the other Departments of State to the other members of the Government as follows:

Department of Finance to Deputy Michael Noonan.

Department of Education and Skills to Deputy Richard Bruton.

Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government to Deputy Simon Coveney.

Department of Social Protection to Deputy Leo Varadkar.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to Deputy Charles Flanagan.

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to Deputy Paschal Donohoe.

Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to Deputy Heather Humphreys.

Department of Health to Deputy Simon Harris.

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to Deputy Michael Creed.

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to Deputy Denis Naughten.

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to Deputy Shane Ross.

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor.

Department of Children and Youth Affairs to Deputy Katherine Zappone.

These assignments have been made pending completion of the necessary processes for the establishment of the new Departments and for transfers of functions that the Taoiseach announced in the House on 6 May; on 6 May 2016, the President on the nomination of the Taoiseach, appointed Máire Whelan, SC, as Attorney General; and on the same date, the Government appointed Deputy Regina Doherty to be Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach with special responsibility as Government Chief Whip, Deputy Paul Kehoe to be Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach and at the Department of Defence with special responsibility for the Department of Defence and Deputy Finian McGrath to be Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection-----

(Interruptions).

-----the Department of Justice and Equality and the Department of Health with special responsibility for disability issues.

Can we proceed to the Order of Business now?

For smoking cessation.

(Interruptions).

The smoking section of the Cabinet. Thank you, Finian.

He will, I would say, and not before long. He did not last long the last time.