Taoiseach rules out New Year Cabinet reshuffle; says MacSharry situation remains as is

The Taoiseach has ruled out any suggestion of a Cabinet reshuffle in the New Year.

However, he has declined to be drawn on the future of Sligo/Leitrim TD Marc MacSharry within the party.

Under the terms of the Government deal agreed between Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Green Party, Micheal Martin is set to hand over the role of Taoiseach to Leo Varadkar in December this year.

The Taoiseach recently said he believed the mood inside Fianna Fáil has “settled down”, following months of unease among some backbenchers about his leadership.

Mr Martin did not say whether he would ask Deputy MacSharry, who resigned from the parliamentary party in September, to rejoin.

Mr MacSharry had cited a series of recent controversies, including leaks from Cabinet meetings and the appointment of former minister Katherine Zappone as a special envoy,  as reasons for his resignation.

Mr Martin said: “Marc took his own decision, took it on his own initiative and that remains the situation.”

The Taoiseach now says that rather than thinking about his future role right now, he is more focussed on getting work done before the end of 2022.

The Minister for Arts and Green Party member Catherine Martin agrees with this ethos,  saying people remain focused on the jobs they are doing.