Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher TD has called on the Fine Gael Dissidents who are reported to be unhappy with the recent betrayal on local hospitals by Minister James Reilly to stand up and make their voices heard in public.

He commented: “It’s simply not good enough for TDs to brief the media that they stood up to Ministers behind closed doors and then offer nothing but silence to the local communities who were deliberately misled by Minister Reilly and the Fine Gael party in the general election.”

“Media reports today suggest that the Minister apparently apologised to Fine Gael TDs over promises made on local hospital services.  These TDs would be better employed getting out of Leinster House and apologising to the local communities they have betrayed.”

”The admission by one TD, as reported today, that if promises in relation to hospital services were not made a number of seats would not have been won is the first acknowledgement by Fine Gael of the role of false promises in their election campaign.

“The TDs who recognise the betrayal by Minister Reilly and this Government should have the courage of their convictions and say so publicly.  In particular, Deputy Naughten, who was one of the most vocal in his promises about Roscommon Hospital and who was appointed to the high profile chairmanship of the Oireachtas Health Committee shortly before the news about Roscommon was made public, must surely either speak out or reflect on whether it is appropriate for him to accept this new role.”