'I am not going to be paralysed by the past, or afraid of future challenges'
As a new Minister for Health, just 12 weeks in the job, I count myself lucky to have taken on this role in a period where we can begin again to invest in our health service. My guiding principle is to see the fruits of a strong economy benefit our people by improving the public services that we all depend on.
I share the impatience of those working in the health service that those improvements cannot come fast enough and my whole motivation is to make them happen and provide a better service for patients.
Since becoming minister, I have secured €500m more in resources for the health service this year, and now I want to see results. I particularly want to see results targeted at those patients who have been waiting the longest for treatment.