Likely that local Minister Heather Humphreys will retain ministerial position

Leo Varadkar is set to disappoint some of his Fine Gael supporters as he prepares his new cabinet, but it looks like local Minister Heather Humphreys will retain a ministerial position.

It’s reported this morning that he won’t sack any of the current ministers who aren’t already retiring.

Fine Gael already has fourteen seats around the Cabinet table – at least two are going to become vacant this week, when Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan step down.

That leaves Leo Varadkar with the question of whether to remove any of the rest – and leave more spaces to promote some of his own supporters.

The reports this morning suggest that some of those supporters will be disappointed, as he will NOT remove any of the other 12 bodies.

That means there’s space for only two promotions, with junior ministers Michael Ring and Eoghan Murphy – the latter of which was his campaign manager – set for those roles.

Other supporters won’t be getting seats at cabinet – but there DOES remain a prospect that the surviving ministers will be asked to take on different roles in a minor reshuffle.