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Ireland's coalition government shakes up Cabinet

Ireland's coalition government shakes up Cabinet

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen has shaken up his Cabinet and offered an extra post to the Green Party to reinforce his resignation-hit government.
Cowen announced 10 new appointments Tuesday following the loss of three government ministers. The Greens, whose six lawmakers help to keep Cowen's Fianna Fail party in power, will receive four posts rather than their previous three.
Fianna Fail lawmaker Willie O'Dea quit Feb. 18 as defense minister after falsely accusing a rival of running a brothel. Five days later, Green lawmaker Trevor Sargent resigned as food minister after admitting he lobbied police to drop an assault charge against a constituent. Fianna Fail's Martin Cullen quit March 8 as arts, sports and tourism minister citing chronic back problems.