Reshuffle on cards, home and away
Published 09/07/2014 | 02:30
IS SIMON Coveney on his way out of Kildare Street and the Department of Agriculture?
Well, those with the inside track on these matters maintain that the answer is yes – but you'd be unlikely to meet too many willing to put the contents of their wallet on it.
It has been suggested that if the new Labour Party leader opts for major changes on her side of the coalition fence it would force Kenny to be equally bold.
However, let's face it, Burton's choices will, by their very nature, have to be radical given the veritable Dad's Army of ministers she inherited.
So, should Minister Coveney get the call to move, then who is most likely to replace him?
At the moment the favourite is Paul Kehoe. The Wexford TD is seen as having done a good job as Government chief whip, particularly during the difficult early Budget votes and also in the passing of abortion legislation which was a real political minefield for Fine Gael.
With vacancies at the top table available because of the likely departure of Phil Hogan to Europe and possible demotion of Health Minister James Reilly, Kenny has scope to make changes.