Laois/Offaly politician Charlie Flanagan has been nominated as Minister of State for Children and Youth Affairs, it’s been revealed this morning (Thursday).
Former Children and Youth Affairs Minister Frances Fitzgerald is to take the role of Minister for Justice, following the resignation of Alan Shatter yesterday.
Deputy Flanagan has represented the Laois/Offaly constituency for 22 years, and was endorsed as chairperson of the Fine Gael parliamentary party in June 2011.
He has previously served as Fine Gael front bench spokesperson on children and justice, equality and law reform.
Born and raised in Mountmellick, he now lives in Portlaoise with his wife Mary and two daughters.