Saturday 27 May 2017

Kenny's keeping one eye on the elections with latest line-up

Predident Michael D Higgins pictured with Taoiseach Enda Kenny before the president presented the new ministers with their seals of office in Aras an Uachtarain. Picture: Frank McGrath
Predident Michael D Higgins pictured with Taoiseach Enda Kenny before the president presented the new ministers with their seals of office in Aras an Uachtarain. Picture: Frank McGrath
John Downing

John Downing

"ENDA did no harm." That was the factual assessment of one Fine Gael backbencher soon after this long-awaited reshuffle was announced.

It was a conservative operation from the risk-averse Taoiseach and party leader who has seen some predecessors over-reach themselves and do reshuffle harm during his almost 39 years at Leinster House.

But as one doctor steps out, and another doctor steps in to the Health Department, Leo Varadkar's appointment is a gamble. Health foul-ups were high among the reasons for Fine Gael's unexpectedly severe kicking in the local elections on May 23 last.

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