Fianna Fáil ministers insist Michael McGrath will take over as finance minister from Paschal Donohoe

Fianna Fáil ministers have been informed that there is a coalition agreement for Michael McGrath to become finance minister after the transfer of power later this year.

Nee Gael has campaigned for Paschal Donohoe to remain in office as he currently holds the position of Eurogroup President.

But senior Fianna Fáil sources said ministers should insist Mr McGrath will take office in December when the office of Taoiseach rotates.

Fianna Fáil ministers have also been told that there is an agreement with Fine Gael that the position of Attorney General and the role of Cathaoirleach of the Seanad will also rotate at the end of the year.

A source at Fianna Fáil said: “Paschal’s term expired at the end of the year and there is no certainty that he will be reappointed.”

Speaking at Fianna Fáil’s think-in yesterday at the Mullingar Park Hotel in Westmeath, Carlow-Kilkenny TD John McGuinness called for clarity on who the next Treasury Secretary will be after the role of Taoiseach passed to current Tánaiste Leo Varadkar in December.

Mr McGuinness said the party must rally its support for Mr McGrath to succeed Mr Donohoe on December 15. In conversation with The Hard Shoulder Speaking on Newstalk, Mr McGrath said his focus was on the budget and said coalition party leaders would have “ample time” to discuss the issues surrounding rotating offices.

He noted that the Taoiseach said government was based on “equal esteem” and said “people can read into it what they want”.

The think-in also heard from Brian Coady, former Kilkenny hurling manager, who gave a speech to the party on leadership and the parallels between sport and politics.

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Brian Cody, former Kilkenny hurling manager, speaks at the event. Photo: Damien Eagers Photography

He said politicians shouldn’t have egos and that no one person is more important than another on a team.

His speech was followed by a day of panel discussions on health, housing and agriculture. Well-known businesswoman Norah Casey also addressed the think-in.

Meanwhile, landlord TD Robert Troy insisted he was “most likely” to stand as a candidate in the next general election, despite being forced to resign as junior minister for failing to properly declare his property portfolio.

He also said he’s still willing to answer more questions about his rental properties and business relationships.

The opposition has called for a Dáil debate on his possessions.

Finally, he also addressed questions about his participation in the Rent-a-Room program, which allows homeowners to claim 14,000 euros in rent tax-free per year when they have a tenant in their own home.

Mr Troy refused to answer any questions about the program at the height of the controversy surrounding his Dáil declaration of members’ interests.

He told reporters yesterday he had advertised a room in his own house and had lived in the house the entire time he had a tenant.

In a statement released last month, he said he participated in the program at his private residence in 2019.

Speaking in Mullingar yesterday, he said he had taken “direct action” by resigning over “unintentional errors”.

He arrived at the hotel in his Longford-Westmeath constituency in Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s state car.

Prior to their arrival, the Taoiseach and Mr. Troy attended the opening of a housing estate in the area.

Mr Troy said the think-in had a “very serious agenda ahead”.

“We are looking at and focusing on tackling the challenges that so many of our citizens across the country are facing in order to get into this country and I think that is the focus of the next two days.

“For my part, I’ve dealt with the unintentional mistakes I’ve made. I have apologized profusely and I do so again today. I made a direct decision in that regard to resign as Minister, but today is not about, today and tomorrow is about focusing on the issues affecting the people who have done us the honor of having them in government represented where you hold the next election,” he added.

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