Wednesday 19 June 2019

Taoiseach rules out Cabinet reshuffle following local elections

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar chats with party colleagues and members of the public as counting continues in Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar chats with party colleagues and members of the public as counting continues in Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)

Callum Lavery

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has ruled out the possibility of a Cabinet reshuffle following this year's local elections.

Speaking on RTE Radio One's This Week, Mr Varadkar said that a Cabinet reshuffle is not something he is thinking about "at the moment" and that the Goverment should instead think about the work ahead of Brexit.

"I suppose it's always the prerogative of the Taoiseach to reshuffle his or her government subject to Dáil approval of course, but it is not something I am planning to do at the moment.

"The government needs to focus on the work to be done, it needs to focus on delivery, whether it is in health reform or housing, getting another budget over the line or sailing Ireland through some pretty choppy waters relating to Brexit.

"I’m not sure now is the time to ask new ministers to read into a new brief in those areas. We need to get the job done I think."

When asked if he would go to the country voting rather than hold a number of Dáil by-elections, Varadkar admitted that there were a "number of factors at play."

"The by-elections have to be held within a six-month period, so they have to be held by the end of November. But there are a number of factors at play.

"Obviously the instability across the water in relation to Brexit, you must keep that in mind and also whether we can get the votes to get a budget through.

"So that’s something that has to be considered in the next couple of weeks."

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