Fine Gael Front Bench

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Fine Gael is the largest political party in the Oireachtas. The Fine Gael leader appoints a team of TDs and Senators to speak for the party on different issues. When Fine Gael was in opposition, the front bench areas of responsibility broadly corresponded to those of Government ministers. Fine Gael has been in Government since March 2011 and accordingly their front bench consists of the ministerial officeholders.

Fine Gael Front Bench[edit]

Portfolio[1] Name Since
Taoiseach Enda Kenny 2011
Spokesperson on Northern Ireland
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan 2011
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton 2011
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney 2011
Minister for Defence 2014
Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald 2014
Deputy leader James Reilly 2011
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs 2014
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar 2014
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charles Flanagan 2014
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe 2014
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys 2014
Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe 2011
Minister of State for Defence
Minister of State at the Department of Finance Simon Harris 2014
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring 2011
Minister of State for Food, Horticulture and Food Safety Tom Hayes 2013
Minister of State for European Affairs and Data Protection Dara Murphy 2014
Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan 2014
Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English 2014
Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources Joe McHugh 2014
Minister of State for Housing, Planning and Co-ordination of the Construction 2020 Strategy Paudie Coffey 2014

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  1. ^ "Bruton & Noonan return to Fine Gael frontbench". RTÉ News. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2010.