Stephen Collins: Varadkar cannot afford to drop veterans

Cabinet choices will inevitably provoke resentment among those who fail to make cut

“One thing Leo Varadkar needs to beware of is pandering too much to the impatient younger TDs clamouring for promotion.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“One thing Leo Varadkar needs to beware of is pandering too much to the impatient younger TDs clamouring for promotion.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leo Varadkar’s dilemma about who to drop and who to promote to Cabinet is giving him his first taste of what it is like to be a party leader with the responsibility for making decisions that will inevitably provoke resentment and even anger among some of his strongest supporters.

Speaking after winning the leadership of Fine Gael last Friday, Varadkar raised the hopes of his younger backers in the parliamentary party when he spoke of the need for generational change.

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