Monday 20 October 2014

The save Jimmy campaign is news to Arts Minister

Published 14/06/2014 | 02:30

Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan: fallout
Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan

The cabinet reshuffle is on hold until after the Labour Party crowns King Alex or Queen Joan as leader on July 4 – and this means a sweaty wait for those ministers who feel their necks may be vulnerable to the swish of the Taoiseach's axe.

But it seems some members of the Kingdom constituency may be pre-empting any execution of Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan (right). Fine Gael's Brendan Griffin was aghast to discover that remarks he made on Radio Kerry recently about the necessity of a reshuffle were taken up in some quarters as an attack on poor Jimmy – especially given that he's a protege of the minister, having worked as his parliamentary assistant for three years.

But former Kerry South TD Tom Sheahan – who failed to get re-elected in 2011 – took up the cudgel on behalf of his party colleague and last week turned up on the Kerry airwaves urging locals to petition the Taoiseach to keep Jimmy Deenihan in the Cabinet.

However, this was all done without the knowledge of the same minister. "Never heard of any petition, I'd never request one. It's the first I've heard of it – it's up to the Taoiseach," insisted an alarmed Jimmy.

Irish Independent

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