Elaine Byrne: Leo Varadkar may regret playing it safe with his cabinet reshuffle

FF, FG and the Greens’ reshuffle is a purposely conservative one, but the same old faces may not inspire an electorate with a growing appetite for change

“Shockingly dull.” This is the recurring description of the cabinet reshuffle that will take place when Leo Varadkar replaces Micheál Martin as Taoiseach in five weeks’ time, as agreed in the programme for government. The expectation is that this reshuffle will be an exercise in considerable conservative caution.

There are two schools of thought doing the rounds about the changeover on December 17, the first of which focuses on the historic significance of the occasion. ...