Alan Farrell named Fine Gael chairman

Dublin Fingal TD replaces Alan Dillon, who was promoted to a junior ministerial role in Simon Harris’ cabinet reshuffle

Alan Farrell was first elected to the Dáil in 2011

Alan Farrell has been appointed the new chairman of the Fine Gael parliamentary party after a Cabinet reshuffle by new leader Simon Harris.

Farrell replaces Alan Dillon, who became minister of state at the Department of Housing after Harris’s appointment as Taoiseach.

Harris made a number of changes to the senior and junior portfolios held by Fine Gael ministers, after indicating a preference that office holders would commit to running in the next general election.