Thursday 21 September 2017

Taoiseach Enda Kenny stands firm behind embattled James Reilly again

Health Minister James Reilly has been accused of engaging in 'stroke politics'
Health Minister James Reilly has been accused of engaging in 'stroke politics'
Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has again stood over Health Minister Dr James Reilly's criteria for selecting the locations of health centres.

Mr Kenny also denied former junior minister Roisin Shortall didn't have the powers to carry out her job.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin claimed official documents show Ms Shortall was not granted legal responsibility for primary care.

The Taoiseach said the controversial list of primary care centres was approved by Government.

He said 35 were listed and 20 will be developed.

"You do not want to be caught in a situation where GPs do not buy in," he said.

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