'I don't want calls from hospital managers, they're paid to manage'
Credibility of Labour man's reform agenda is about to be severely tested, writes Daniel McConnell
Since taking office, less than 11 months ago, Brendan Howlin, the self-proclaimed 'Minister for Cuts' has had a rough year.
Given D ratings by several political commentators for his performance, as a Labour minister he has the dreaded task of having to introduce cuts of over €2.2bn in spending. Cuts which have impacted on the poor, those on welfare, the sick, the old and the young.
"I have never worked harder in my life," says the Public Expenditure and Reform Minister as he invites me into his spacious office in the now divided Department of Finance.