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Ross Whittaker
Jimmy Deenihan

Demoted minister on his next move (...and his links to Michael Fassbender)

Deenihan is now the Minister of State for the Diaspora.

FORMER MINISTER JIMMY Deenihan may no longer have the Arts portfolio after a Cabinet shake-up, but it looks like he’ll be staying within the creative field for his next project.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that it was particularly difficult for him to inform Deenihan about the change, but last night Deenihan was fairly upbeat about the news.

Speaking at the Galway Film Fleadh, the new Minister of State for the Diaspora told the crowd:

I just lost my job today. We have a saying in Kerry, when you lose, you just pick up your bags and go.

He said that as someone who made documentaries himself, he has been “delighted” to work with the film industry.

Then, he revealed what he was up to next:

I’m actually planning to make a new documentary myself. Though it’s not about my political career!

So there we have it – he’s keeping within the arts field, and looking forward to it.


Deenihan was at the Fleadh to introduce the film Glassland.

“I’ve known Gerard Barrett since he was a young lad, we both went to St Michael’s School, and I remember him writing the Christmas Pantomime every year,” he recalled.

He also revealed that he knows one internationally famous Irish film star particularly well.

“I know the Fassbender family, Michael’s dad was my chef at one time,” he revealed. “And I think the star of this film Jack Reynor is coming up behind him and will be a great actor.”

No word yet on whether the documentary will be on Fassbender or Reynor, but we’d say the odds aren’t too good on that one.

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