Make or break time for hard-hitting Varadkar
IT should be no surprise to Leo Varadkar that he is the new Minister for Health, sure Paddy Power had him at the shortest odds for the health post for months.
It was inevitable that Enda Kenny would have to shift James Reilly out of Health as he bungled his way through his time in Hawkins House. And no better way to slow down the march of a young man in a hurry than hand him the mantle of the Health ministry.
Varadkar must make sure to cause no more trouble for government in Health between now and the next election. No easy task, especially for someone who does not mince his words. Known for his straight talking and not towing the party line, this might well help Varadkar over his first essential hurdle – to come out the better of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Budget 2015 negotiations.