Thursday 22 February 2018

Fantasy Cabinet in full swing as reshuffle looms

Leo Varadkar, TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
Leo Varadkar, TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport

There's no escaping the R-word around Leinster House these days. It hangs over the restaurants, the bars, corridors and the two chambers like a French perfume blended from exotic spices and redolent with promise and intrigue.

Or, for others, like the unwelcome smell of boiled cabbage in a windowless room.

And it's not the R-word of recent doleful times (recession), but the other one, reshuffle. While the public at large quite sensibly pay little more than sporadic attention to this set-piece of political chess, the prospect of a looming reshuffle, sends the inhabitants of Leinster House and the various departments into a lather of speculative chatter.

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