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Wednesday 31 May 2023 Dublin: 14°C
Fine Gael
# Junior Minister
Paschal Donohoe confirmed as Lucinda Creighton replacement
Taoiseach Enda Kenny appoints FG Dublin Central TD as Minister of State for European Affairs.

FINE GAEL TD Paschal Donohoe has been appointed Minister of State for European Affairs.

The Dublin Central deputy takes over from Lucinda Creighton, who resigned from the post after voting against the Government in the abortion bill overnight.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny released a statement at 1.55am to say:

I have tonight accepted with regret the resignation of Deputy Lucinda Creighton as Minister of State for European Affairs. I thank Lucinda for her work over the past two and a half years, particularly in the preparation and delivery of the recent, very successful Irish presidency of the Council of the European Union. I wish Lucinda well for the future.

On my nomination, the Government has appointed Deputy Paschal Donohoe as Minister of State for European Affairs.

As a deputy and previously as a senator, Paschal has developed a deep understanding of European issues.

I previously appointed him as chairperson of the special Oireachtas Committee to review the result of the first Lisbon Treaty referendum, the report of which greatly contributed to identifying the main issues of concern. More recently, he has served as vice chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs.

I am sure that Paschal Donohoe will be an excellent minister of state and that he will make an important contribution to the continued enhancement of Ireland’s role in the European Union.

Earlier this evening, a Government source told‘s Hugh O’Connell that Donohue was favourite for the post.

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