Saturday 24 June 2017

Poor prognosis for 'Dr Bumble'

The Health Minister continues to insist he is fine but it is not looking good for him, writes John Drennan

BLUFF: No amount of bluster can disguise the status of James Reilly's Department of Health as the sick man of Irish politics
BLUFF: No amount of bluster can disguise the status of James Reilly's Department of Health as the sick man of Irish politics
John Drennan

John Drennan

THE only piece of advice that can be applied to politicians across all political and ideological divides is the wise observation of the poet Robert Burns that all too often "the best laid plans of mice and men" go astray.

That certainly is the case when it comes to Budget 2014, for whilst this initially slinked through the chamber as silently as a thin cat creeping down an alley, we, or more accurately Dr James Reilly, are in a changed landscape now.

It should be said the initial Invisible Man status of Budget 2014 was entirely intentional for this is a government that is still merely seeking to survive in the hope that a new politics of optimism might be possible should they get lucky next year.

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