Friday 15 December 2017

Taoiseach hints that reshuffle is unlikely

Lyndsey Telford

ENDA Kenny has hinted that he will not be sacking any of his cabinet ministers following a year-end review of their performance.

As the Taoiseach writes report cards rating government ministers during their first year in office, he insisted that he was happy with how the team has measured up so far.

"I have finished all reviews, with the exception of one or two," said Mr Kenny.

"We have had very fruitful bilateral discussions about the Programme for Government as far as the ministers are concerned. I'm happy with the progress we have made here."

Challenge

Mr Kenny eased fears over a reshuffle of his team, commenting: "Each minister is doing his or her best to measure up to the items on the programme."

Meanwhile, he also defended his decision not to challenge the Chinese vice-president Xi Jinping over human rights during the latter's visit to Ireland.

"Mr Xi raised the point that no country has a perfect human rights record. That's understandable," said Mr Kenny.

Irish Independent

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