Friday 22 September 2017

Philip Ryan: Varadkar surrounding himself with a 'bunch of lads in suits'

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in jovial spirits as he unveils his new Junior Cabinet at Government Buildings. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in jovial spirits as he unveils his new Junior Cabinet at Government Buildings. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar faces accusations from his own party members of surrounding himself with "a bunch of lads in suits" after he failed to promote women during his junior minister reshuffle.

Female Fine Gael TDs were furious with the newly appointed Taoiseach for what they saw as a backwards-looking reshuffle, which saw loyalty promoted.

Most did not want to speak on the record over fears their careers could be stymied further by a vengeful Mr Varadkar, but there was universal bewilderment by his decision to snub women from his inner circle.

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