Tuesday 19 September 2017

Editorial: Real change needed to transform economy

Minister Leo Varadkar speaking to the press on the Plinth at Leinster House about his new position as Minister for Health. Picture: Arthur Carron
Minister Leo Varadkar speaking to the press on the Plinth at Leinster House about his new position as Minister for Health. Picture: Arthur Carron

ONLY time will tell if the reshuffled Cabinet unveiled by Taoiseach Enda Kenny will revive the fortunes of the Government and the country. Despite all the optics and overtures, the reshuffle is inherently conservative, and, for the most part, predictable. Fine Gael has retained the key finance and public service portfolios. Tanaiste Joan Burton, who remains as Minister for Social Protection, has made a virtue of the fact that Labour has secured the Department of Environment and Local Government.

The junior party has also secured a super junior ministry for jobs, a position honed in on a new low-pay commission.

The appointment of more women to the Cabinet is a welcome, necessary feature of the reshuffle.

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