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Fantasy Cabinet in full swing as reshuffle looms

Published 26/06/2014 | 02:30

Leo Varadkar, TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
Leo Varadkar, TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport

There's no escaping the R-word around Leinster House these days. It hangs over the restaurants, the bars, corridors and the two chambers like a French perfume blended from exotic spices and redolent with promise and intrigue.

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Or, for others, like the unwelcome smell of boiled cabbage in a windowless room.

And it's not the R-word of recent doleful times (recession), but the other one, reshuffle. While the public at large quite sensibly pay little more than sporadic attention to this set-piece of political chess, the prospect of a looming reshuffle, sends the inhabitants of Leinster House and the various departments into a lather of speculative chatter.

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