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Reilly is the latest fall-guy at Health

The Taoiseach and Cabinet have all deserted a minister who was handed a truly impossible job, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 08/06/2014 | 02:30

Minister for Health James Reilly
Minister for Health James Reilly

WHOEVER came up with the phrase 'the life of Reilly' had clearly never heard of the current, though probably not for long, Health Minister.

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Widely tipped to be shoved out of his job at the next reshuffle; universally pilloried for every fault in a health service whose infrastructure is crumbling faster than a sandcastle in an earthquake; seemingly without a political friend left to defend him, even in his own party – James Reilly's position in Cabinet is starting to look like that of a man who drew the short straw when the cannibals ran out of food.

No doubt the Fine Gael man's handling of Health leaves much to be desired, but he's hardly alone in that. With a few notable exceptions, most ministers are not exactly doing such a great job in their respective roles that they can safely deliver lectures on competence to anyone.

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