Tuesday 24 January 2017

Choice of junior ministers could be a selection headache for Enda and Joan

Published 15/07/2014 | 02:30

TDs Simon Harris along with Mary Mitchell O'Connor
TDs Simon Harris along with Mary Mitchell O'Connor
Regina Doherty

ENDA Kenny and Joan Burton have the potential to make a dozen TDs happy, and another three dozen extremely unhappy.

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To the average citizen, the job of junior minister is not a big deal. But in politics, promotion opportunities can be scarce and uneven in their allocation. Deft handling is vital to future party discipline for both leaders.

The appointment last week of Dail newcomer Heather Humphreys as Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht straight from the Fine Gael backbenches three-and-a-half years after she was first elected is a good example of perceived unfairness. She passed out some TDs with decades of service.

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