The anointing of Eamon’s white-haired boy has rattled the ranks of Labour’s ambitious. Particularly as Alex, as chairman of the Oireachtas finance committee, is also being talked up by some as the man best suited to chair the inquiry into the bank guarantee.
But it has horrified those Labour TDs hoping to pick up a ministry when Eamon gets around to a reshuffle. The big constitutional convention job was seen as a major indicator of whom he favours. Thursday’s barbecue may yet end up as the kerfuffle before the reshuffle.
We understand the candidates for the six remaining seats include deputies Joanna Tuffy, Ciara Conway, Anne Ferris, Aodhán Ó Riordáin, Robert Dowds, John Lyons and Michael McCarty; and Senators Aideen Hayden, Lorraine Higgins and Ivana Bacik.