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Roles for young guns to reunite split party

ENDA Kenny will offer some of his young critics jobs in his new frontbench in an effort to reunite the party.

They were talked up as "the best and the brightest" who were going to oust the leader but now the fate of Bruton's young guns lies in the hands of re-elected Fine Gael boss.

Mr Kenny postponed his shadow cabinet reshuffle yesterday because he needs to avoid appointing a cabinet of old men but hasn't got the support of his youthful TDs.

Many within the Fine Gael's youth wing who declared no confidence in Mr Kenny on Tuesday are said to be "open to the idea" of taking up a frontbench role again.

Some of the rebels left the door open to an offer yesterday, with Owlyn Enright even saying she wouldn't rule anything out.

Sources have told the Herald that Ms Enright is likely to be one of the casualties along with Bruton stalwart Olivia Mitchell and ex-transport spokesperson Fergus O'Dowd.

Ex-education spokesperson Brian Hayes has said it's "highly unlikely" that he will be reappointed next week. Simon Coveney, who had the communications brief, doesn't expect to be "in favour with him anytime soon".

One of Kenny's most vocal supporters and constituency colleague Michael Ring said: "I'm hoping that some of the people who voted against him yesterday will be on the frontbench."