Leo does early battle with scorned women and men bent on revenge
Varadkar was never going to please everyone with his reshuffle, but the signs are this Government won't set a record for longevity, says Philip Ryan
The Taoiseach was never going to keep everyone happy. There were a couple of TDs with their noses out of joint after Leo Varadkar announced his conservative Cabinet reshuffle - but most kept their powder dry in anticipation of last week's appointment of ministers of State. On Tuesday afternoon, as Varadkar announced his junior minister reshuffle, he was surrounded by a smattering of scowling, disappointed faces. TDs try to temper their expectations ahead of the announcement but deep down each one them believes they have the ability to run a government department or at least take charge of a portfolio within one.
A junior ministry is a runner-up prize but it is still a title a TD can put on a monthly newsletter or campaign literature. They can also come home to a hero's welcome in their constituencies after being bequeathed the honour of overseeing a portfolio. It's not exactly the pinnacle of Irish politics but it is a good stepping stone for career advancement.
It also comes with a few extra quid - not something most right-thinking politicians would turn their nose up at. Although, some do complain that the expenses system is better for TDs despite backbenchers doing less work than their ministerial colleagues.