Attorney General severely undermined by Shane Ross, the Boris Johnson of Government
Published 05/07/2016 | 02:30
The Cabinet room is difficult to find. It's in the East Wing of Government Buildings, down the stairs from the corridor adjoining Leinster House, and adjacent to the Office of the Attorney General.
Only 20 people attend the weekly Cabinet meeting, scheduled for 10.30am each Tuesday. The status of the 15 senior Cabinet ministers is prescribed under Article 28.1 of the Constitution: "The Government shall consist of not less than seven and not more than fifteen members..."
Then there are so-called 'super' junior ministers, currently there are three, whose roles are set out in legislation and whose attendance at Cabinet is at the whim of the Taoiseach.