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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Enda and Joan lock horns to decide Cabinet reshuffle

tense negotiations regarding a changing of the guard at the Cabinet table will resume today between Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton.

The party leaders met in private for extensive talks stretching to eight hours yesterday.

And sources said that there could be as much as six changes of high profile positions within the Cabinet.

Fine Gael people tipped for promotion include Junior EU Affairs Minister, Paschal Donohoe, and government chief whip Paul Kehoe. Several other ministers have been tipped for new roles, such as Leo Varadkar moving to the Environment Department, with a reconfiguration of departments likely.

The new Labour leader Joan Burton faces difficult choices. The decision of Education Minister Ruairi Quinn to quit is expected to be followed by her decision not to re-appoint previous party leaders Eamon Gilmore and Pat Rabbitte.

Newly-elected deputy Labour leader, Alan Kelly, is tipped for a senior position. Others on the Labour potential list include defeated leadership candidate Alex White, Kathleen Lynch and Jan O'Sullivan.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan remains the hot favourite to get the nod as Ireland's next EU Commissioner.

Arts and Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan remains the one most often cited to face demotion.

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