Bertie has picked over 2/3 of the outgoing cabinet to return to his front bench for his 3rd term as Taoiseach. Brian Cowen was named as Tanaiste. Brian Lenihan has been promoted to a full ministerial rank. He will be the new Minister for Justice to replace the former PD leader Michael McDowell. Dick Roche and John O’Donoghue were the only ministers axed from the previous cabinet, both got good consolation prizes. Mr Roche be once again the Junior Minister for European Affairs, and Mr O’Donoghue was appointed as the new Ceann Comhairle.
The position of Ceann Comhairle comes with a salary of €205,000, which is on a par with his old ministerial salary, and he will also have a state car at his dispoasal. Mr O’Donoghue will also be automatically re-elected to the next Dáil. The Green Party managed to negotiate two senior Cabinet positions, for its support. John Gormley will take the coveted Environment portfolio while Eamonn Ryan was appointed Minister of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. More can be read via www.IrishElection.com.