Friday 24 November 2017

Who will be waiting anxiously for a call from Leo Varadkar today?

Cormac McQuinn casts his eye over those who will be hoping to get a call from Leo Varadkar today

Leo Varadkar
Leo Varadkar
Health Minister Simon Harris has ordered a review. Picture: Tom Burke
John Paul Phelan. Photo: Tom Burke
Chief Whip Regina Doherty Picture: Tom Burke
Eoghan Murphy. Photo: Tom Burke
Michael Ring. Photo: Tom Burke
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Cabinet reshuffle always bring huge angst among the political ranks in Leinster House as ministers wait to hear their fate and backbenchers temper their expectations, but who is feeling the anticipation today?

Michael Ring

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Michael Ring. Photo: Tom Burke

A fairly safe bet to get the full Cabinet role, perhaps to become a minister for Rural Affairs. He was previously denied a senior ministerial post for geographic reasons - ie Taoiseach Enda Kenny shares his Mayo constitutency. Mr Kenny's departure, along with that of Michael Noonan, means there's no senior minister along the whole western seaboard, a gap that Mr Varadkar must fill.

Eoghan Murphy

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Eoghan Murphy. Photo: Tom Burke
 

As Leo Varadkar's campaign manager the junior finance minister seems certain to be promoted to a Cabinet role. He may be appointed as so-called 'super-junior' minister with special responsibility for Brext, working alongside Paschal Donohoe who's widely expected to get the Finance brief.

Regina Doherty

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Chief Whip Regina Doherty Picture: Tom Burke
 

The current government chief whip already sits at Cabinet but she is tipped for promotion to a senior ministry. It would free up her current role to be allocated elsewhere.

John Paul Phelan

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John Paul Phelan. Photo: Tom Burke
 

The Carlow/Kilkenny TD has long been overlooked for promotion. One of Mr Varadkar's key supporters he has been linked to the chief whip job.

Richard Bruton

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Education Minister Richard Bruton. Photo: Steve Humphreys
 

There's been much speculation about where education minister Mr Bruton will end up with one possibility being the tricky justice brief. Mr Bruton is believed to want an economic posting.

Simon Harris

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Health Minister Simon Harris has ordered a review. Picture: Tom Burke
 

He was the only senior minister to back Mr Varadkar's leadership rival Simon Coveney during the Fine Gael contest. The new Taoiseach's remarks last week that "trust" will be at the core of his considerations in selecting a Cabinet was interpreted as a warning to Mr Harris. Mr Varadkar deciding to keep him on in the difficult Health Department would be viewed as magnanimous.

There are others who will be waiting anxiously by the phone today.

Other junior ministers on the western seaboard including Joe McHugh, Seán Kyne and Patrick O'Donovan may also fancy their chances of a promotion.

Jobs minister Mary Mitchell O'Connnor has been at the centre of much speculation over her future but she is likely to retain a role in Cabinet.

Strong backbench supporters of Mr Varadkar like Michael D'Arcy, Pat Deering, John Deasy, Jim Daly and Brendan Griffin who could get a surprise call, but may have to wait for the ranks of junior ministers to be named.

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