Outgoing Education Minister Joe McHugh has turned down the chance to become a Junior Minister in the new Government.
It is understood the Fine Gael politician was offered the position but declined.
Deputy McHugh said in recent days that he would only take a position if he felt it would directly benefit the people of Donegal.
However, it is understood that he was offered a Junior Ministership this afternoon but turned down the offer.
It has been reported that the Carrigart man was interested in chairing the Committee on European Affairs.
It’s understood he wanted to scrutinise European legislation as it’s transposed into Irish law amid a looming Brexit.
Mr McHugh, it is believed, had indicated he would’ve preferred Minister for State for European Affairs or a portfolio involving tourism.
However, neither of these were open to Fine Gael TDs due to how junior ministries are allocated between the parties of the new coalition.Tags: