TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has given his clearest indication he plans a reshuffle next year - but Ireland's EU Presidency has provided a "reprieve" for the first six months.
Ministers have nine months to prove their worth with a rejig of positions anticipated in the Autumn – soon after Ireland ends its EU Presidency.
Mr Kenny signalled he won't be changing his ministers once the coalition has been in office for two years because of the work involved in the EU Presidency.
The Taoiseach has decided to keep minister's guessing about his plans, but hinted at movement after the term is up.
"Well now, wouldn't it be nice to know that? I think we have got a very big focus here on the Presidency. I have spoken to each individual minister, they have got a hell of a workload, for which they have been well prepared.
"So if you want to say that is a reprieve, say it's a reprieve but these are matters, I suppose, that are always floating around in people's heads. I am interested in results actually."