Cabinet reshuffle could compromise Coughlan’s position

There are questions being raised this evening about the future of Donegal South West TD Mary Coughlan as Tanaiste, with at least one member of the Fianna Fail National Executive believed to be pressing for her removal in a cabinet reshuffle following the resignation of Willie O'Dea as Defence Minister.

Today, the Taoiseach told reporters it was a controversey the government could have done without, and saying for now, he has taken on the defence portfolio.

While it's widely believed that Brian Cowen will keep faith with Mary Coughlan as Tanaiste, he refused to rule out a reshuffle when questioned inn County Meath today.