Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher has expressed his disappointment that a Special Notice Question on the addition of 15 locations to the Primary Care List by Minister James Reilly has been refused for debate in the Dáil today.

Deputy Kelleher said: “We have the ludicrous situation where Minister Reilly’s own Cabinet colleagues are in the media calling for more information on the criteria he applied, but when we take action to try and create the space for him to be properly questioned, we are blocked.  This is a disgraceful way to treat the Dáil.

“Unfortunately this latest attempt to close down discussion is symptomatic of an approach from Fine Gael and Labour which uses fine words about political reform, but has no actual interest in openness or transparency.

“There is a genuine sense now that the Government is concerned about where this debate might go if we’re allowed to have it, so they simply try to close it down.  However, I intend to continue questioning the Minister until I get the answers the country deserves.”