Saturday 21 January 2017

What is the point of a minister without powers?

Published 01/11/2016 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny claimed he needed to increase the number of posts to place “stronger emphasis on important policy areas”. Picture Andres Poveda
Taoiseach Enda Kenny claimed he needed to increase the number of posts to place “stronger emphasis on important policy areas”. Picture Andres Poveda

What is the purpose of a Minister of State?

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We don't have all day, so let's not explore the question too philosophically.

Traditionally, the so-called 'half-car' was a sinecure for loyalty to a leader or a buttress to guard against the loss of a seat in a constituency by bumping up the regional spread of appointments.

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