Saturday 29 April 2017

The anti-Midas doctor delivers yet another fiasco

Dr James Reilly
Dr James Reilly
John Downing

John Downing

ANY Fine Gael activist can recite by heart the four main reasons why their party got a big local election kicking.

Three of them were: the fumbled presentation around water charges; ongoing fears about local property tax; and the serial bungling of garda and justice controversies, topped off by that remarkable eve-of-election behaviour by former minister Alan Shatter about his ministerial pay-off.

But FG loyalists reserve special anger about problem number four: the absolute mess made of the review and withdrawal of discretionary medical cards. Part of the anger here is caused by the small numbers of people involved, the callous behaviour attributed to some health administrators and the mention of the name of Health Minister James Reilly.

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