Why wait to have the election in autumn if you can’t field your best team

Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin risk losing their star players McGrath and Donohoe on the eve of battle being called

Ministers Michael McGrath and Paschal Donohoe could be set for jobs overseas

The government has a big problem on its hands when it comes to the general election and it’s not clear it realises it yet.

Unless the coalition goes to the country by early June, it could well be heading into the campaign without the two ministers who have been its stabilising ballast for the past four years – Paschal Donohoe and Michael McGrath.

Both ministers ooze credibility and authority on the economy – the coalition’s ...