Richard Ronan has begun work as a government minister.
The Castletown MHK received his ministerial warrant from Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood on Wednesday.
He got his new job (and a pay rise) after Chief Minister Allan Bell reshuffled the Council of Ministers.
Mr Bell was forced to do that after John Shimmin MHK resigned as Economic Development Minister when a lawyer deemed government loans to the Sefton Group to be ‘not lawful’.
Mr Ronan, a former joiner. takes over as Environment, Food and Agriculture Minister. Phil Gawne (Rushen) leaves that department for Infrastructure, while Laurence Skelly (Rushen) takes the Economic Development portfolio.
A government minister in the Isle of Man earns £58,156.
An MHK with no departmental responsibilities earns £38,771, those who are members of departments (such as Mr Ronan before his promotion) earn £50,402.
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