More than two dozen politicians believe they have a very good chance of being appointed a junior minister tomorrow.

It is expected that 17 positions will be assigned following a Cabinet meeting, due to begin before midday.

That would mean seven ministers of state each from Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil and three from the Green Party.

The importance of this announcement is heightened in the aftermath of the reaction to the composition of the Cabinet.

In that context it is perhaps possible that a little bit more time might be taken to endeavour to get things right.

However, the expectation among the tense yet hopeful contenders is that they will know their fate tomorrow.

The three parties in Government are going to have to work together to ensure there is a balance struck in terms of geography.

There is a political imperative to appoint junior ministers from a number of the west coast constituencies, the midwest and the southeast.

There will be pain and possibly rancour within the individual parties whatever selection is made.

Thus skilled political management will need to be demonstrated to soothe the many wounds.

There are a lot more hopeful candidates than positions though.

Here are some of those within the parties who stand a chance of getting promoted tomorrow:

Fianna Fáil

  • Charlie McConalogue (Donegal) 
  • Anne Rabbitte (Galway East) 
  • Niall Collins (Limerick)
  • Mary Butler (Waterford)
  • Thomas Byrne ( Meath East)
  • Niamh Smyth (Cavan-Monaghan)
  • Robert Troy (Longford-Westmeath)
  • Michael Moynihan (Cork North-West)
  • Jackie Cahill (Tipperary)
  • Jack Chambers (Dublin West)
  • James Browne (Wexford)
  • James Lawless (Kildare North)
  • Jim O'Callaghan (Dublin Bay South)

Fine Gael

  • Joe McHugh (Donegal)
  • Patrick O'Donovan (Limerick)
  • Josepha Madigan (Dublin Rathdown)
  • Brendan Griffin (Kerry)
  • Peter Burke (Longford-Westmeath)
  • John Paul Phelan (Carlow-Kilkenny)
  • Damien English (Meath West)
  • Martin Heydon (Kildare South)
  • Frank Feighan (Sligo-Leitrim)
  • Joe Carey (Clare)
  • Paul Kehoe (Wexford) 

Green Party

  • Brian Leddin (Limerick)
  • Malcom Noonan (Carlow-Kilkenny)
  • Marc Ó Cathasaigh (Waterford)
  • Nessa Hourigan (Dublin Central)
  • Ossian Smyth (Dún Laoghaire)


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