Wednesday 18 January 2017

Picking junior team much trickier fixture for the two captains

Published 16/07/2014 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD with Tanaiste Joan Burton. Photo: Damien Eagers
Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD with Tanaiste Joan Burton. Photo: Damien Eagers
Ministers of State Kevin Humphreys (left) and Simon Harris see the funnier side

AS the Taoiseach announced the new junior minister line-up, there were more long faces around the Dail chamber than one would see hanging over half-doors in the yard of Coolmore Stud.

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Reshuffles are peculiar yokes. While everyone's attention was understandably focused on the senior match last week when the Cabinet saw various comings and goings, it's the minor match – the reshuffle of the team of junior ministers – which has the potential of being a far trickier fixture for the two captains.

For unlike the main event, when only the most imaginative among the humble backbenchers would dare to dream of advancement, the sequel is a definite case of Dickensian levels of Great Expectations.

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