Sunday 19 November 2017

Howlin and Gilmore have lost all authority

Enda Kenny will soon have no choice but to make big changes among his ministerial team, says Willie O'Dea

Some months ago here I outlined how ministers in this Government can be divided into three distinct categories: the high=flyers, the passengers and the weak links. Leaving aside the temptation to label them all as passengers following their mass exodus to Brussels, the events of the days before and after that modern-day flight of the earls did see some former high-flyers and passengers move into the weak link category.

The latest two big movers are, coincidentally, both Labour. They join Dr Reilly, Phil Hogan and Joan Burton in the weak links chamber. A former occupant, Alan Shatter, may have slipped himself back into the passenger zone thanks to weeks of silence, but I don't expect that to last too long.

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