SOURCES CLOSE to the Minister for Health, James Reilly TD have told the Fingal Independent that the minister has ' no intention of stepping down' after enduring another week of enormous political and media pressure.
Unease on the Labour benches of Government increased during the past week as the controversy about planned primary care centres for Swords and Balbriggan rumbled on and Minister Reilly came under continued pressure for his role in the affair. He was forced to answer questions in the Dáil on how Swords and Balbriggan ended up on the list of priority locations for primary care centres where he defended the need for medical facilities in both towns. Two Labour MEPs called for Minister Reilly's resignation in the past week as did the Mayor of Fingal, Cian O'Callaghan (Lab). But Minister Reilly defended his role to the Fingal Independent this week, saying: 'Can I just say I think its important for the people of Balbriggan and for Swords if I restate what I said a couple of days ago and that is that to say their need can only be met through stroke politics is a desperate insult to them when it is clearly demonstrated that the need was there, the prioritisation had been there from 2008.'