Wednesday 21 February 2018

Leo's heavy price for right thing

Liam Fay

Enda Kenny's head must be frazzled. Next week's reshuffle provides the Taoiseach with the opportunity to sack underperforming ministers. But, as he finalises his hitlist of those not up to the job, he's been faced with the disconcerting fact that even the must blundering and slothful members of cabinet have suddenly become whirling dervishes of ingenuity and industry as they fight to save their seats.

The feverish intensity of the backstage machinations by ministers and their aides was highlighted last week by Transport Minister Leo Varadkar in an interview with Radio 1's Sean O'Rourke.

Varadkar spoke with discernible distaste about the pre-reshuffle lobbying – "which I'm not involved in" – in a robust performance which served as a virtuoso act of lobbying in itself.

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