Friday 15 December 2017

Enda Kenny hints at Cabinet reshuffle within six months

Fionnan Sheahan Political Editor

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has given his clearest indication he plans a reshuffle next year - but Ireland's EU Presidency has provided a "reprieve" for the first six months.

The Irish Independent revealed this month a Government reshuffle is on the cards in 2013 – with big guns such as Eamon Gilmore and James Reilly likely to move departments.

Ministers have nine months to prove their worth with a rejig of positions anticipated in the Autumn – soon after Ireland ends its EU Presidency.

Mr Kenny signalled he won't be changing his ministers once the coalition has been in office for two years because of the work involved in the EU Presidency.

The Taoiseach has decided to keep minister's guessing about his plans, but hinted at movement after the term is up.

"Well now, wouldn't it be nice to know that? I think we have got a very big focus here on the Presidency. I have spoken to each individual minister, they have got a hell of a workload, for which they have been well prepared.

"So if you want to say that is a reprieve, say it's a reprieve but these are matters, I suppose, that are always floating around in people's heads. I am interested in results actually."

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