Saturday 17 February 2018

If Taoiseach found picking ministers hard, selecting 11 senators must be a nightmare

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Damien Eagers
Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Damien Eagers
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Taoiseach Enda Kenny may have thought selecting the ranks of junior ministers was tough, but it's nothing compared to the job he has picking just 11 Seanad nominees.

Last week, he increased the number of ministers of State to 18 - jobs that were doled out among a pool of around 40 Fine Gael and Independent TDs who all felt they might get the nod.

This week, he has fewer goodies to go around and even more people who want them - including many TDs who lost their jobs in the election. As Mr Kenny himself told a recent Fine Gael meeting, he's had around 70 expressions of interest. That's going to leave a lot of people in his own party disappointed.

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