Opinion

Wednesday 20 November 2019

Enda losing most sleep of all over reshuffle of House of Cards

Sean Kelly MEP, Jobs Minister Richard Bruton and Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney listen to Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking at the Fine Gael ard fheis at the RDS in Dublin.
Sean Kelly MEP, Jobs Minister Richard Bruton and Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney listen to Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking at the Fine Gael ard fheis at the RDS in Dublin.

John Drennan

Amidst all of the Ard Fheis odes to joy there was only one set of uneasy gentlemen at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis.

All of the Ministers may have been floating around in their best bib and tucker but they know not all of them will be back for the next Ard Fheis.

The jury is out as to who if any of the terrible Troika of James Reilly Phil Hogan and Alan Shatter will go.

But could there be more for Jimmy Deenihan must sleep uneasily too as he wonders will he wake up some morning to find himself beside the fishes.

Intriguingly the hardest task we have is not to find out who is being sacked but who on earth might it be worth Enda’s while promoting.

Could it for example be the case that the wrong doctor is in Hawkins House and that Liam Twomey might be a better bet for that political equivalent of the group of death?

There will be side issues such as what to do consequent to the departure of another retired turbulent Prince; Brian Hayes.

Some dilemmas will be more delightful than others such as the preparedness of Eoghan Murphy for promotion where Enda could in one mighty blow bring the titular head of the Cappuccino Kids into Enda’s team, display a commitment to youth and best of all plant a fine upstanding young Junior Minister right in the centre of that bad girl’s constituency.

The other wild card of that whole women thing where Enda, despite the gender quota’s stuff, has work to do to shift the view that the Taoiseach’s view on the women front resembles Father Ted’s preference for ‘lovely girls’.

Whether the Taoiseach knows it or not this is now a problem which can only be resolved by the promotion of those such as Aine Collins and Mary Mitchell O’Connor

Indeed should Enda be feeling terribly brave he might chance putting one of the ladies into Arts and Culture for they surely couldn’t, now that the Limerick peace-process has been resolved, do too much harm there?

After all were Enda to replace Jimmy Deenihan with Aine Collins he would not disturb his Minister for Finances cabinet zone of influence.

Ironically when it comes to the reshuffle the most uneasy one of all is our Dear Leader.

He may enjoy the status of being ‘King Enda’ now, but, Enda has to only look to the example of such a mighty force as Ian Paisley to know that once you enter your golden years it is but a small step to having fellows in your office some less than merry Monday asking a la Nigel Dodd’s if you have any plans to be out of the place by Friday.

Should FG’s boss-man get the re-shuffle wrong he might find that particular truth out quicker than he would like. – Ends –

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