Friday 15 December 2017

The Yates Anthology: Kenny's new cabinet will be coloured pink

Fine Gael's Regina Doherty
Fine Gael's Regina Doherty
Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

This Wednesday, we'll have a new government at the fourth attempt, and Enda Kenny's new cabinet will comprise Fine Gael and Independent TDs. First flavour will be pink, as Kenny has promised gender equality for ministers, so we can expect at least one third to be women.

The famous five are set to be Frances Fitzgerald, Heather Humphreys, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, Regina Doherty and Katherine Zappone.

One of the first names on the first XV team sheet is certain to be the new Independent TD for Dublin South-West. Zappone (benefiting from mentor Mary Harney's savvy advice) made a master stroke in breaking ranks with all Independent TDs by voting for Kenny on the last occasion. Her loyalty and gender ensure a full cabinet post, either at Education or Children. She's stolen a march in being upfront with FG negotiators in asserting a willingness to "serve".

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