Friday 23 February 2018

Political Notebook: 'Maire Whelan under pressure to Stepaside, as Shane Ross might say'


Máire Whelan. Photo: Laura Hutton/
Máire Whelan. Photo: Laura Hutton/
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

In 20 years of reporting on the formation of governments, I have yet to witness an occasion when all have been entirely pleased with the choices made by any Taoiseach.

It is similar on this occasion, after Leo Varadkar opted not for wholesale but for piecemeal changes which reflected caution, some would say a responsible attitude, to retain the experienced Frances Fitzgerald and Charlie Flanagan, two capable ministers, albeit in different departments at a time when younger TDs expected advancement.

I must admit to having some foresight into the new Taoiseach's thinking. After his election as Fine Gael leader, he told me that it was "not the right time (just yet) for wholescale generational change", it being only a year into the Government.

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