Tuesday 21 November 2017

FF is long past its sell-by date and needs removing

Bruce Arnold

There are no good grounds for a significant reshuffle at this time. All idea of it should be abandoned.

It arises in the context of one arguably necessary change: the replacement of Willie O'Dea in Defence -- a portfolio of no great social or economic significance, without reform on its agenda. The necessity for the appointment is arguable. There is precedence for it being held by the Taoiseach, obviating any need to make the appointment at all.

There is the replacement of Trevor Sargent. This is not the Taoiseach's responsibility. Constitutionally, junior ministers are a government responsibility involving the participation of the Green Party, something John Gormley seemed unaware of in a comment made this week about Brian Cowen's rights to appoint.

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