Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher TD has welcomed comments from Ministers Burton and Creighton seeking further explanation from the Health Minister about how he selected a number of extra primary care sites.
Deputy Kelleher commented: “In today's newspapers and in an interview with RTÉ's Marian Finucane, Minister Joan Burton and Minister Lucinda Creighton have now broken ranks and effectively acknowledged that the explanations offered to date by James Reilly have been woefully inadequate. Both have called for further clarity on his selection 'process' and follow comments earlier in the week from Leo Varadkar who acknowledged that Minister Reilly's actions looked like stroke politics.
"I have been making the case since this scandal first came to light that the Minister needs to make a full and truthful statement about what has been going on. When Minister Reilly took to the floor of the Dáil during the week, we heard some swagger and some political mud-slinging, but we did not hear a proper explanation. The bottom line is that James Reilly has not only misled the people and the Dáil on this issue but he has also misled his government colleagues. He needs to come clean on how he selected the extra 15 locations and he needs to do it very quickly.”