So Seamus Brennan has told BIFFO that he will not serve in the next Cabinet due to illness. So who will get the nod from Cowen?
The odds are on one of the Junior Ministers in my opinon.
So who could come up?
Conor Lenihan, yes he is related to Brian, he could be brought up to the cabinet, he is currently Minister of State at the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, the Department of Education and Science and the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform (with special responsibility for Integration Policy). He is a noted politician on the rise, but the “kebab” comment could hold him back.
Seán Haughey could also get in. He is curently Minister of State at the Department of Education and Science and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (with special responsibility for Lifelong Learning, Youth Work and School Transport). He is Charlie’s son, so that could be a hinderance and I think BIFFO will want a break from people associated with corruption, even it is was his father.
Dick Roche, who is currently Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs (with special responsibility for European Affairs), could be re-appointed to the Cabinet. He was Minister for the Environment, Heritage & Local Government, but his last act as Minister there, allowing the work to go ahead at Tara, might hold him back.
Tom Kitt, the Government Chief Whip, Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach and Minister of State at the Department of Defence, could also get the nod. He obviously was involved in getting Beverly back in party and returning Ned O’Keeffe to the party.
Of course BIFFO might ignore these completely and pick someone from the Back Benches.
I dont see the Greens moving anywhere, and Harney for the good of the PD’s should go but I doubt she will.
I will hopefully post tonight on the new cabinet. Otherwise you will have to wait till tomorrow!