THIS weekend marks two years since the ‘grand coalition’ of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party came to power. Micheál Martin’s Cabinet picks brought together a mix of very experienced ministers and rookie TDs. With a reshuffle scheduled for later this year, Political Correspondent Senan Molony assesses who is swimming and sinking.
The conscience of the Cabinet and the man who must size up the spending ambitions of others. Much more shrewd than his friendly folksy style would suggest. Has piloted his country through the financial nightmare of the pandemic and returned us all safely to work. Rightly regarded by his Eurogroup colleagues – 8/10
Michael McGrath – Public Expenditure
Can only pale in comparison when set against his senior in Merrion Street. His brand of perfect pleasantness seems to lack the underlying steel that Paschal can privately display. Quietly nursing FF leadership ambitions, but has yet to set his stamp on things. The public pay negotiations will be a stern test – 5/10