Sunday 25 September 2016

Attention turns to junior minister appointments

Published 07/05/2016 | 02:30

Independent Alliance TD Sean Canney has been offered a cabinet position, to be rotated with Kevin 'Boxer' Moran Photo: Tom Burke
Independent Alliance TD Sean Canney has been offered a cabinet position, to be rotated with Kevin 'Boxer' Moran Photo: Tom Burke

Attention within political circles will now switch to junior ministerial appointments as a raft of backbench TDs vie for promotion.

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny has already offered two junior positions to the Independent Alliance, one of which will be rotated between first-time TDs Sean Canney and Kevin 'Boxer' Moran. Dublin Bay North TD Finian McGrath will serve as Super Junior Minister for Disabilities, meaning he will sit at Cabinet but won't have full voting rights.

This leaves at least 13 jobs to be handed down to Fine Gael deputies on Tuesday.

A number of these posts are expected to be given to female members of the party.

Offaly TD Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy and Meath East deputy Helen McEntee are in line for a job.

Mr Kenny may also reward first-time deputies such as Josepha Madigan, Kate O'Connell and Maria Bailey.

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach is expected to reward a number of his so-called loyalists such as Limerick TD Patrick O'Donovan and Kildare South TD Martin Heydon.

Galway West TD Sean Kyne, who served as a Fine Gael negotiator, is also set for promotion.

Mr Kenny has several dilemmas, however.

For example, he must decide whether to appoint either Pat Breen or Joe Carey to a post. Both are deputies for Co Clare.

And he may opt to give a job to so-called party dissidents, including Waterford TD John Deasy.

Irish Independent

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