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Minister Reilly remains silent on what he knew about charity chief in 2011

Laura Larkin

Published 13/07/2016 | 02:30

James Reilly. Photo: Steve Humphreys
James Reilly. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Former health minister Dr James Reilly has yet to answer questions about what he knew about Console chief Paul Kelly as far back as 2011.

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Former Fine Gael parliamentary assistant Tommy Morris says he first told Dr Reilly in 2011 that Mr Kelly had impersonated a doctor.

In response, Dr Reilly issued a statement 11 days ago, saying he recalled Mr Morris "raising Paul Kelly with me on one such occasion in the Dáil canteen, but nothing specific".

The Irish Independent asked Dr Reilly six questions relating to the events in 2011. These are:

  • Mr Morris said he addressed concerns regarding Mr Kelly in the Shelbourne Hotel in late 2011 and then gave you a dossier with clippings on Kelly and other details on funding later that day. Was this passed on to the Department Of Health (DOH)?
  • Was this the first time you were made aware of Mr Kelly's court appearance related to his impersonation of a doctor in the 1980s?
  • Did you follow up with the DOH after they questioned Mr Kelly? Were you ever briefed on same?
  • Did you or anyone in the DOH request the charity be more closely monitored on the back of the information received?
  • Mr Morris said he raised his concerns on other occasions in person with you. Do you recall these conversations?
  • Do you accept that this was a "missed opportunity" to uncover the problems in Console as far back as 2011, as suggested by Mr Morris?

Dr Reilly has yet to respond.

An aide in his Oireachtas office said the statement was "100pc truthful and accurate" and that Dr Reilly would not be commenting further.

Irish Independent

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