Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Shuffling the Juniors

The surprise appointment of Mary Wallace to a junior ministry at the Department of Agriculture and Food will no doubt have tongues wagging in Leinster House and a few sore heads north of the Liffey. The East Meath TD and alleged refusnik Dail attendee following her demotement in 2002 was the jawdropper name in Bertie's announcement this afternoon.

Wallace's tenure in the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and her stewardship of the failed first draft of the Disability Bill did not have the whisperers mentioning her name in recent weeks. However her seat is more vulnerable than Pat Carey's , Sean Haughey's or that of Jim Glennon.

So yet again Bertie pulls a surprise out of the hat and rewards on basis of numbers rather than effort?


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