Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health, Billy Kelleher has said that HSE Director General, Tony O’Brien’s recent comments made before the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee have raised more questions than answers, and that there is an urgent need for him to clarify exactly what he knew about the Grace Reports.

Deputy Kelleher was commenting after it became quite apparent that Mr O’Brien’s comments at last week’s PAC meeting did not marry with his previous evidence to the committee.

“We now have a situation where the head of the HSE has provided two different versions of events to an Oireachtas committee. It’s quite unprecedented.

“The seriousness of the Grace Reports findings requires all stakeholders to take responsibility for their actions and their comments that are put into the public domain.

“The contradictions between his two testimonies need to be clarified. When state agencies, such as the HSE, are called to provide evidence to an Oireachtas committee, we need to be confident that what is being put on the record is truthful and based in fact,” concluded Kelleher.