Ministerial merrygoround Heres who might move where in the big Cabinet reshuffle

first_imgTHE CABINET RESHUFFLE is imminent and the permutations are wide and varied with speculation hitting fever pitch in recent days.With the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the newly-appointed Tánaiste Joan Burton meeting today the reshuffle of ministers is one of the big items on the agenda.As we examined earlier there is a lot to consider and plenty of names being considered. Here’s a quick run down of government departments and what could happen.Staying putFinanceMichael Noonan (Fine Gael) – Safe as houses.Public Expenditure and ReformBrendan Howlin (Labour) – Has already been assured he will remain in post.Social Protection Joan Burton (Labour) – She can stay if she wants to.JusticeFrances Fitzgerald (Fine Gael) – Only in the door.ChildrenCharlie Flanagan (Fine Gael) – Ditto.Changes on the wayHealthIncumbent: James Reilly (Fine Gael) – Budget overruns and various controversies mean he is seen as the most under threat but Kenny may yet spring a surprise and keep him.Frontrunners to replace him: Ministers Richard Bruton or Leo Varadkar (both Fine Gael)EducationIncumbent: Ruairí Quinn (Labour) but he has already said he’ll step down.Frontrunners: Expected to stay in Labour with junior ministers Kathleen Lynch, Alan Kelly and Seán Sherlock in the running.JobsIncumbent: Richard Bruton (Fine Gael)Frontrunners: Bruton could remain in place or else if Labour gets it, its deputy leader Alan Kelly is the favouriteAgricultureIncumbent: Simon Coveney (Fine Gael) is doing relatively well and is not believed to be keen on moving.Frontrunners: If Coveney does move then chief whip and junior defence minister Paul Kehoe (Fine Gael) is the favourite.Arts, Heritage and the GaeltachtIncumbent: Jimmy Deenihan (Fine Gael)Frontrunners: Its expected that Deenihan will be demoted with Arts seen as a safe haven for James Reilly if he is. Labour could also push to hold a portfolio that was once famously Michael D Higgins’.Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Incumbent: Pat Rabbitte (Labour)Frontrunners: Rabbitte is likely to be dropped. No clear frontrunner but if it remains in Labour then possibly one of the new intake like Sherlock, Alex White or Lynch.DefenceIncumbent: Minister of State Paul Kehoe (Fine Gael)Frontrunners: Kehoe is likely to remain in situ as a Minister of State.Environment, Community and Local Government Incumbent: Phil Hogan (Fine Gael) is almost certainly on his way to Brussels and the European Commission job.Frontrunners: If he doesn’t get Health then Leo Varadkar (Fine Gael) could be moved here.Foreign Affairs and TradeIncumbent: Eamon Gilmore (Labour) will almost certainly be moved to the backbenches if not Europe.Frontrunners: Simon Coveney (Fine Gael) is being tipped to move here.TransportIncumbent: Leo Varadkar (Fine Gael)Frontrunners: Could be James Reilly if he is moved out of Health. Junior Minister Paschal Donohoe (Fine Gael) is also in the running.More: Here are the 9 things you need to know about the imminent Cabinet reshufflelast_img read more