Cabinet reshuffle 'likely' for Friday as leaders discuss free GP cards

The Cabinet reshuffle will now be announced at the earliest tomorrow, and it is possible it could even run to Friday.

Meanwhile the Taoiseach Enda Kenny has revealed that one of the agreements he has with Tánaiste Joan Burton is free GP cards for over 70s.

The Taoiseach and newly appointed Tánaiste still have much talking to do, and there is a scheduled meeting of the Economic Management Council.

But even if the talks accelerated and the shape of the renewed Government came together this evening or tonight, an announcement would not happen before tomorrow.

However, at this stage some people are even planning towards an announcement on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach confirmed in the Dáil that one of the items in the draft agreement with the Tánaiste is for GP cards for over 70's.

He said: "The Government has made a decision that all persons over 70 will obviously be entitled to access to GP services."

It is also understood one proposal being looked at by the Taoiseach and Tánaiste is the restructuring of Government Departments with Transport, Tourism and Trade being one and Defence and Heritage being another.

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