“There is much speculation and I will not add anything” – Taoiseach on cabinet reshuffle plans

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has warned that new portfolios for the government’s cabinet reshuffle will only be decided after difficult meetings between himself, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan in late November.

Martin also warned that the three leaders of the coalition parties are determined not to stoke any destabilizing speculation about the portfolios and targets of the forthcoming reshuffle until the current government’s mid-term.

The reshuffle follows the transfer of the role of Taoiseach between Mr Martin and Mr Varadkar under the government program agreed in 2020, now expected to take place on December 17.

There has been speculation about the possible reallocation of some portfolios that were not explicitly stated in the 2020 agreement.

While it is widely expected that Public Expenditure Secretary Michael McGrath will take over as Treasury Secretary in December, there has been speculation that Secretary of State Simon Coveney could be asked to become Agriculture Secretary.

This would, in turn, open up the State Department’s portfolio – possibly to Mr Martin.

But the Taoiseach refused to add speculation about the form of the new cabinet after Mr Varadkar resumed the role of Taoiseach.

“I think basically, as I have said repeatedly, of course we will honor the agreement – this is a tripartite government,” he said.

“The government program is the glue that holds the government together.”

“We must work hard to fulfill the program on housing, health and climate change, which I witnessed again this week just how serious it is in terms of the rapidity of weather change and the impact it is having on food production.”

Mr Martin said the form of the new cabinet has not yet been agreed – and will be the subject of careful negotiations between the coalition partners.

“The Tánaiste and I will be working with (Green Party leader) Eamon Ryan with our advisers later this month through the various issues surrounding portfolios and all other issues related to the next phase of government.”

Mr Martin refused to discuss a specific Cabinet portfolio – and what positions existing ministers might be asked to change to.

“We don’t want to stir up unnecessary speculation – there is a lot of speculation and I won’t add anything.”

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/there-is-a-lot-of-speculation-and-i-am-not-going-to-add-to-it-taoiseach-on-cabinet-reshuffle-plans-42140461.html “There is much speculation and I will not add anything” – Taoiseach on cabinet reshuffle plans

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