Joan stands apart from her colleagues in Cabinet photo
LABOUR'S Joan Burton appeared "pensive and isolated" in the aftermath of the cherished Cabinet spoils being handed out.
Ms Burton -- one of Labour's most high-profile candidates -- appears to be distancing herself emotionally from her cabinet colleagues, as she stands slightly away from former Labour leader Pat Rabbitte, according to a body language expert.
Laura McGrath, who provides interview coaching services through her firm Interview Techniques, said Ms Burton does not look comfortable.
"Her eyes are unfocused and are not engaging with the camera," she said.
"Her whole posture lacks energy, her shoulders are slightly hunched and her jawline is holding a lot of tension. Her whole demeanour is that of somebody who has had the wind knocked out her sails. She looks sad and dejected."
In another close-up shot, Ms Burton appears to be "trying to put on a good face for the sake of 'The Party'.
"She is smiling but her eyes are devoid of any emotion. Her posture is reasonably erect, but her shoulders are still slightly hunched in comparison to her colleagues," she added.
"Compare her posture to that of Brendan Howlin. His eyes are burning, his posture is erect . . . he is exuding positive energy!"