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Gilmore refuses to rule out move from Department of Foreign Affairs in reshuffle

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

Published 17/09/2013|12:56

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TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore has refused to rule out moving from his current role as Foreign Affairs minister in Taoiseach Enda Kenny's cabinet reshuffle next year.

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It came after Mr Kenny said that he would be carrying out such a

reshuffle- which is expected to take place after the European and local elections Mr Gilmore refused to rule out a move from the Department of Foreign Affairs - which many within the Labour Party have urged him to do.

"That's a matter for another day," he said.

However, Mr Gilmore dismissed criticisms that he needed a "domestic portfolio", saying that his work as Foreign Affairs minister had a domestic focus.

"Promoting this country abroad, attracting the investment that creates the jobs here, is critical to the economic success of this country," he said.

Mr Gilmore said that there was generally a cabinet reshuffle during every Government.

"It's not something that is immediately on the horizon but I think it is something that will be addressed in the remaining life of the Government," he said.

He was speaking on the final day of the Labour think-in event in Meath.

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton said that a cabinet reshuffle was an issue for Mr Kenny and Mr Gilmore. But she said she enjoyed the challenge of being Social Protection Minister.

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