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Howlin: 'I am going to work away until somebody tells me that I shouldn't'

The Public Spending Minister is in the dark about the looming Cabinet reshuffle.

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BRENDAN HOWLIN HAS said that he is not sure if the imminent Cabinet reshuffle will take place today but has stressed that it’s more about policies than who gets what portfolios.

The Public Expenditure and Reform Minister is widely expected to remain in his job but said today it was not matter for him if he is shuffled elsewhere.

“I am going to work away until somebody tells me that I shouldn’t,” he told reporters at the Department of Finance this morning adding that he expects decisions in “the next day or two”.

He said that “what’s in store for any of us tomorrow is in other people’s hands” but stressed that everybody in government can be proud of their achievements.

“Every person who was a member of the government for the last three years can be proud of what they have done to rescue this country from absolute peril.”

He said that the discussions between the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and new Tánaiste Joan Burton are focused on the social side of the recovery.

He explained: “So rather than who does what, it’s what is to be done to ensure that everybody appreciates and feels in their pocket that we have progressed.”

The Labour TD said there has to be a “dividend” for the Irish people from the nascent economic recovery.

- with reporting from Órla Ryan and Michael Sheils McNamee at Government Buildings 

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