Thursday 18 January 2018

It's out with the old and in with the even older

ENDA Kenny's 'new' additions to the Fine Gael frontbench are on average almost 10 years older than the 'old' rebels he dropped.

Mr Kenny added two more posts to his line-up yesterday, after the leadership heave. The old frontbench had 19 positions, while the new line-up has 21.

But there appeared to be an older age profile to the frontbench as it was seated around the Wellington Room of the Merrion Hotel.

Mr Kenny dropped two thirtysomething's in Denis Naughten (37) and Olwyn Enright (36), who celebrated her birthday yesterday, but brought in two sixty-something's in Michael Noonan (67) and Sean Barrett (65).

None of Mr Kenny's eight additions to the frontbench are under the age of 40.

The youngest are Frank Feighan (47, but 48 on Saturday), and Andrew Doyle (50 today).

The eight new frontbenchers have an average age of 55, while the 'old' six frontbenchers have an average age of 45.

Mr Kenny found no place for young TDs like Joe Carey, who backed him in the leadership heave, nor for those young TDs who opposed him, Lucinda Creighton, Damien English, Joe McHugh and Michael D'Arcy. All told, the average age of the entire Fine Gael frontbench is 52 years and nine months, compared with 49 years and six months before the reshuffle.

Irish Independent

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