Fianna Fáil's Jim O'Callaghan has turned down the offer of a junior ministry.
He has said he thinks his efforts would be better spent on the backbenches.

The TDs who are hopeful of a call have been waiting nervously by the phone all day, not told when exactly the decisions will be made.
But the calls have started and there has already been some big news.

Fianna Fail TD Jim O'Callaghan, having been overlooked for a cabinet position, has turned down the offer of a junior ministry in the Department of Justice.

O'Callaghan has said his energy and abilities would be better spent on the backbenches and he wants to devote more time to strengthening the party while colleagues have their eyes on Ministerial duty.

On the Fine Gael side former Education Minister Joe McHugh has also turned down a role.
While Louth TD Fergus O'Dowd has emerged as a consensus candidate for Leas Ceann Comhairle.

It looks as though Longford Westmeath's Peter Burke will get a post - while there's suggestions of Sligo Leitrim's Frank Feighan.

Charlie McConalogue may benefit from Joe McHugh's absence in Donegal.
Galway TD Anne Rabbitte tweeted a smiley face emoji, signalling she's included.
While a call up is expected for Waterford's Mary Butler.


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