Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher TD has welcomed former Minister Roisín Shortall’s interview with RTÉ Radio One today.
He commented: “In her interview with Marian Finucane, Deputy Shortall laid bare the dysfunction within the Department of Health under James Reilly’s leadership. Her critique of his strategy and management style mirrored the points that we have making since March and exposed the cynicism of the decision of Labour deputies to vote in support of Minister Reilly during my motion of no confidence.
“Deputy Shortall’s interview also raised serious question marks about Minister Reilly’s Dáil statement on the primary care centre debacle. His claims about a 2007 process that prioritised his local sites were exposed as a sham. I intend to revisit this issue when the Dáil resumes next week and will be seeking further clarity from the Minister.
“The interview also confirmed what Fianna Fáil has been saying about Cathal Magee being forced out as CEO of the HSE. It was blatantly obvious since the start of the year that the HSE budget deficit was out of control, instead of address Mr Magee’s concerns, Minister Reilly decided to drive him out.
“How can Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore back Minister Reilly after all this? It is now evident that as long as Minister Reilly is in charge of his Department, it diminishes his ability to deliver the programme for Government. The former Minister gave us an insight into the malaise in the Department and it has confirmed what we have been saying all along about Minister Reilly’s lack of ability as head of the Department of Health.”