Sunday 26 February 2017

Varadkar has failed and failed again. So why is he getting an easy ride?

Colette Browne

Colette Browne

Health Minister Leo Varadkar and Minister for Primary Care Kathleen Lynch launch the Diabetes Cycle of Care in Thomas Court Primary Care Centre, in Dublin 8. Photo: Damien Eagers
Health Minister Leo Varadkar and Minister for Primary Care Kathleen Lynch launch the Diabetes Cycle of Care in Thomas Court Primary Care Centre, in Dublin 8. Photo: Damien Eagers

Dr James Reilly was routinely monstered by the media for his many failures as Minister for Health, so why is Leo Varadkar being given an easy ride?

Since being gifted the poisoned chalice at the Department of Health, infamously dubbed Angola by Brian Cowen, Mr Varadkar has broken commitments, missed targets, overseen a botched recruitment scheme and, last week, abandoned the central plank of the Government's entire health strategy.

Yet, despite this litany of failure, Mr Varadkar still commands the kind of effusive media coverage that most politicians can only dream about. No matter what calamity befalls the health service, it's invariably someone else's fault.

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