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Wednesday 24 September 2014

IMO firm paid minister €114k

Published 21/01/2013 | 05:00

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A COMPANY linked to the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) paid more than €114,000 in consultancy fees to a business run by Minister for Health Dr James Reilly in the year he served as president of the doctors' group.

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Records filed with the Company Records Office show that Irish Medical Educational Services Limited, whose directors include senior figures from the IMO, paid €114,106 to a firm owned by Dr Reilly and his wife, Dorothy.

The minister's spokesman said the 2004 payment to Fingal Medical & Training Services Ltd occurred before he became a politician. Dr Reilly joined Fine Gael just before the 2007 election, winning his Dublin North seat at the first attempt.

The €114,000 appears in Irish Medical Educational Services Ltd's 2004 accounts under "related party transactions" as Dr Reilly, a practising GP at the time, was a director of the firm.

The minister's spokesman said the matter concerned "the affairs of a citizen not engaged in public life as a politician".

Cormac McQuinn

Irish Independent

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