The upshot? Three middle-aged men in navy suits replacing three middle-aged men in navy suits and an extra half car for the Greens. Nobody axed and just three hopefuls plucked from the back benches and given a start in the junior ranks. Biffos night of the rubber knives wont go down in Dáil history and nor will his soft hand in the velvet glove reshuffle. The FF backbenchers are not happy.
Neither was former minister for social affairs Mary Hanafin, who held on to her ministerial job but was handed the “trapdoor” post of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The department was “reconfigured” from its previous incarnation of “Arts, Sport and Tourism”. Radical.