Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at the first Cabinet meeting of newly appointed Ministers yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

The long-awaited reshuffle brings just the barest structural alterations

Joan Burton takes her first Opposition Leaders’ Questions as Tánaiste

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Ruairí Quinn: following Leaders’ Questions, he was seen in the chamber receiving hugs and kisses from his Labour colleagues. Photograph: Frank Miller

Pleas about ‘Garret’ resound as Cabinet meeting gets emotional

Lucinda Creighton: As she sees it, the job of European commissioner should not be “a matter of patronage or rewarding those leaving the Oireachtas or Cabinet”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

SF parties on at the Áras; but Mick Wallace seems to have sambaed out of town

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Pat Rabbitte, Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, but for how much longer?

Rabbitte was raging against the dying of the ministerial light

On the plinth at Leinster House yesterday announcing his intention to retire Ruairí Quinn on the Leinster House plinth with colleagues yesterday

‘I’m immensely grateful for the career that I’ve had and the opportunities I’ve been given’

Joan Burton: Upon mature reflection, she might decide the mantle of leadership is too great a responsibility to take on and withdraw her name. And pigs might fly. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Anything could happen before Friday

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