Friday 23 February 2018

Cabinet moves won't change politics - but they point to the way ahead

By picking Leo Varadkar, Fine Gael abandoned its 'just society' core and lurched to the right, writes Willie O'Dea

Leo Varadkar
Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar is now discovering that the Taoiseach's prerogative to appoint and disappoint comes at quite a price. By Wednesday afternoon, or possibly even Tuesday night, most Cabinet Ministers - especially those entering or leaving government - will have a good idea as to their fate.

As one who has experienced the delight and the pain of receiving and of not receiving that call, I know how they feel.

Not only have they the anxious wait, they have the added exquisite torture of having their abilities, frailties, successes and failures discussed daily on air and in print.

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