Tuesday 6 December 2016

Divide and conquer the dragon

The time has come to consider giving Health its own Minister for Public Expenditure, writes John Drennan

Published 03/11/2013 | 02:00

Minister for Health James Reilly is looking for €666 million in savings
Minister for Health James Reilly is looking for €666 million in savings

One of the distinguishing features of Brian Cowen's premiership was the uncanny resemblance the former Taoiseach developed to those caged dancing bears that are so popular among tourists in the Balkans.

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Of course, if the tourists knew the poor bears were taught to dance by having hot irons attached to their paws, they might clap less enthusiastically, but, generally when you are being entertained, few bother to look behind the curtain to see how it's done.

Right now, in a manner that eerily resembles our past game of 'Poke the Biffo and watch him growl', poor James Reilly is certainly the dancing bear of this administration.

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