Portlaoise says ‘Yes Minister’!
A day is a long time in politics, never mind a week. Who would have foreseen the latest cabinet reshuffle and in what amazing circumstances? When the smoke cleared from the parliamentary battlefield Portlaoise had its own minister. Indeed Charles Flanagan’s page on the Fine Gael website was first with the news of his elevation to ministerial ranks. The Portlaoise TD is now Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. While some had predicted that Mr. Flanagan would step into Mr. Shatter’s shoes as Minister for Justice, the smart money was on the Mountmellick-born politician getting a Junior Ministry. His promotion to this particular portfolio shouldn’t come as a huge surprise as Minister Flanagan was his party’s Spokesperson on Children from 2010 until 2011. He replaces Frances Fitzgerald TD who has been promoted to Alan Shatter’s portfolio.