Thursday 23 November 2017

Picking junior team much trickier fixture for the two captains

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD with Tanaiste Joan Burton. Photo: Damien Eagers
Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD with Tanaiste Joan Burton. Photo: Damien Eagers
Ministers of State Kevin Humphreys (left) and Simon Harris see the funnier side
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

AS the Taoiseach announced the new junior minister line-up, there were more long faces around the Dail chamber than one would see hanging over half-doors in the yard of Coolmore Stud.

Reshuffles are peculiar yokes. While everyone's attention was understandably focused on the senior match last week when the Cabinet saw various comings and goings, it's the minor match – the reshuffle of the team of junior ministers – which has the potential of being a far trickier fixture for the two captains.

For unlike the main event, when only the most imaginative among the humble backbenchers would dare to dream of advancement, the sequel is a definite case of Dickensian levels of Great Expectations.

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