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'Dear Leader' will probably bottle real chance to reboot the Cabinet

As the Taoiseach tries to be Simon Cowell searching for new talent, there is a dearth of fresh blood.

Published 13/04/2014 | 02:30

SWAP: Alan Shatter and Frances Fitzgerald. Photo: Damien Eagers
SWAP: Alan Shatter and Frances Fitzgerald. Photo: Damien Eagers
Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald could be in line for promotion in the cabinet reshuffle

One of the classic scenes in Yes Minister occurs when Sir Humphrey and Sir Arnold Robinson wonder if it might be possible to defuse a government crisis by making the hapless Jim Hacker the next prime minister. The laughter of the mandarins when they realise their stroke might actually work means they swiftly receive stern looks from the habitues of the posh restaurant where they are dining.

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As the clock ticks on Enda Kenny's much-anticipated reshuffle, the current political ideas suggest that Mr Kenny may soon be experiencing a similar class of moment. Sadly though, when it comes to selecting new personnel for his Cabinet Mr Kenny is more likely to be wailing than laughing.

We know when it comes to the reshuffle that all of Mr Kenny's instincts will be to embrace the quiet-as-a-church-mouse school of axe-wielding.

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