Saturday 16 December 2017

Who's in, who's out and who's gonna be kicked about? No white smoke on formation of Team Jenda

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at Government Buildings
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at Government Buildings

All that was missing from Leinster House on Day One of Reshuffle Week was the open carcass of some unfortunate beast laid out on the floor of the Dail bar, surrounded by a gaggle of soothsayers earnestly inspecting the entrails for portents of change.

"What've you heard?" was the curious or plaintive entreaty rising from every corner of the building as denizens roamed about like nervous buffalo on the prairie in search of nuggets or snippets of news, or at the very least, a credible rumour.

Inevitably, Enda was ambushed by media en route into Government Buildings yesterday morning for his first sit-down with his newly nominated Tanaiste for an opening game of Cabinet Snakes and Ladders. "We have business to conduct on behalf of the country," he declared by way of saying nothing at all.

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