Monday 27 March 2017

Reilly's time in Health was tough but the difficulties were of his own making

'In opposition, Reilly lambasted the government for introducing prescription charges for medical card holders. Yet under his
stewardship, those charges increased five-fold'
'In opposition, Reilly lambasted the government for introducing prescription charges for medical card holders. Yet under his stewardship, those charges increased five-fold'
Sara Burke

Sara Burke

James Reilly reckons the Government will be "remembered for turning the country around". Speaking from the count centre on Sunday after losing his seat in the Dublin Fingal constituency, the former Health Minister used a medical metaphor to assess Fine Gael and Labour's time in government: "The operation was a success, but the patient is still in a lot of pain."

Reilly went on to explain the reason for his party's and his own drubbing in the election - that Fine Gael did not get its message across and failed to make an emotional connection with the people.

What Reilly does not realise is that the party did not fail to get its message across, quite simply, it had the wrong message. The Government's regressive fiscal, economic and social policies failed individuals and communities who bore the brunt of the crisis.

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