Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD formally announced his new cabinet on Wednesday 16 June 2017. Minister Humphreys TD will continue to hold responsibility for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht, while a newly reformed Department of Community and Rural Affairs will be assigned to Michael Ring TD.
In presenting his nominations on Members of the Government, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD said:
"I am appointing Michael Ring to head up a newly reformed Department of Community and Rural Affairs. His role will be to support local communities in all parts of Ireland and also to ensure that rural areas, market towns and villages that have not experienced economic recovery do so.
I have been enormously impressed with the Decade of Commemorations so far, and Creative Ireland, and I want Minister Heather Humphreys to continue her excellent work in this area. I want there to be a new emphasis and new importance attached to the promotion of the arts, culture and heritage in Ireland with the budget to match. It's our creativity that makes Irishmen and Irishwomen different and we need to foster it.
I am assigning responsibility for An Ghaelige, An Gaeltacht and the Islands to the Chief Whip as Minister of State at this Department in addition to his duties as Whip. I say ‘An Ghaelige' rather than ‘An Gaeltacht' as I am tasking him with the role of promoting the learning and use of the Irish language in all parts of Ireland and to be a voice at the cabinet table for our first national language."
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