Monday 18 December 2017

Kenny warned of unrest over junior minister jobs

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny is being warned about the danger of sparking a "wave of dissent" if he drops the wrong ministers from the junior ranks.

The Herald can reveal that there was last-minute lobbying within Fine Gael on behalf of a number of ministers who are in line for the chop today.

Supporters of Sports Minister Michael Ring and Minister for State at the Department of the Environment Fergus O'Dowd are warning Mr Kenny to spare them the axe.

"They are two respected and senior TDs. If they are dropped by Kenny, there will be war," said one senior party source.

Meanwhile, Labour TD for Dublin Kevin Humphreys emerged as a favourite last
night to be appointed as a junior minister by Tanaiste Joan Burton. Ms Burton is also expected to appoint Carlow-Kilkenny TD Ann Phelan as junior minister for Rural Affairs.

The Taoiseach is known to be eyeing up a 
number of his Dublin TDs for promotion, 
including Mary Mitchell O'Connor and Eoghan Murphy.

The new junior ministers were due to be informed this morning.


Meanwhile, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams yesterday called on Mr Kenny to concentrate on the Government's "disastrous political direction" rather than "obsessing about the increasing electoral popularity of Sinn Fein".

He was responding to reports that Mr Kenny is to promote Dublin-based politicians in a bid to thwart the rise of Sinn Fein.


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