Deputy McDaid says the public want a Cabinet reshuffle

Former minister, Deputy James McDaid,  has said there is public appetite for a Cabinet reshuffle.

Deputy McDaid was speaking after the Taoiseach Brian Cowen said he would be considering the Government's progress in the coming period.

Deputy McDaid also slammed Fianna Fail's handling of Willie O'Dea's resignation as Defence Minister.

He said it was badly organised

"Eamon Ryan is a very, very good confident speaker" he said.

"I saw him that day - I mean the poor guy, he looked as if he needed a diaper  because of the way he went through the thing".

"They didn't have anything prepared - the management was absolutely abysmal" he added.