Sunday 23 April 2017

Reilly: 'I wondered if there was any point in staying in politics'

The minister tells Niall O'Connor of his demotion despair and his desire to hold an abortion referendum

DARK TIMES: Children’s Minister James Reilly admits that his demotion from the Department of Health had a profound effect on him. Photo: Gerry Mooney
DARK TIMES: Children’s Minister James Reilly admits that his demotion from the Department of Health had a profound effect on him. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Just over 16 months ago, James Reilly was a broken man.

His confidence was shattered, his reputation in tatters, his political future thrown into serious doubt.

Like many of his predecessors, and some argue too his successor Leo Varadkar, Reilly struggled to reform a health system that for too long has been unfit for purpose.

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