The Taoiseach appointed just one minister from the west coast to cabinet yesterday.
Three TDs from Mícheál Martin’s home constituency of Cork have cabinet jobs — and six from Dublin.
It’s led to plenty of criticism for the new Taoiseach from the west, with no senior minister appointed in Connacht or Donegal.
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The focus is now on the appointment of 20 junior ministers, which is expected to address some of the regional imbalance.
The Irish Independent’s political correspondent Hugh O’Connell says there’s no minister for a huge part of the country.
However, the Rural Affairs Minister has insisted there’s a good regional spread in the new cabinet.
There’s been criticism that nine of the fifteen ministers are from Dublin and neighbouring counties Meath and Wicklow.
While no one’s been appointed to any of the top jobs from the south east, north west or Connacht.
Fianna Fail’s Dara Calleary from Mayo and Fine Gael’s Hildegarde Naughton from Galway will sit at cabinet, but won’t have votes.
Minister Heather Humphreys doesn’t think parts of the country will be under-represented: