Tuesday 22 August 2017

Coalition partners growing farther apart but Health is real timebomb

Dr Reilly's restructuring of the Health Service is a positive move, but it cannot disguise the intense pressure surrounding the minister and the continuing doubt about his future in the Government
Dr Reilly's restructuring of the Health Service is a positive move, but it cannot disguise the intense pressure surrounding the minister and the continuing doubt about his future in the Government

ENDA Kenny will reflect that it is a case of "so far, so good" if he takes at face value the results of yesterday's first opinion poll since Budget Day. But the storm clouds are gathering as sure as winter is belatedly creeping in on us. Things look all right at Fine Gael's end of the Coalition, but Labour is not much better off than it was before the Budget.

And the whole tangled mess that is health spending means there will soon be very fundamental and practical questions being asked about the entirety of Budget 2014.

The Red C opinion poll in yesterday's 'Sunday Business Post' is good news for Kenny's Fine Gael, which is up two points over the previous month to 29pc. It is not good news for Labour, which is down one point to 9pc. It is "as-you-were" for Fianna Fail, steady on 23pc, and Sinn Fein, also unchanged, on 17pc; Independents and Others are down one point to 22pc.

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