Fionnan Sheahan: Coalition's young guns face an uphill battle to get into Cabinet
Never joke about politicians' career prospects. Taoiseach Enda Kenny broke this golden rule with a wisecrack about an upcoming Cabinet reshuffle, which sparked fevered speculation.
Speaking off the cuff at a dinner at the Fine Gael parliamentary party gathering, Mr Kenny invited TDs to take a hike up Croagh Patrick the following afternoon.
Pointing out that he had climbed 'the Reek' 120 times, he joked that those who climbed the pilgrims' mountain overlooking Westport and Clew Bay would be guaranteed promotion in a reshuffle.