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Sunday 20 October 2019

Calamity James slips up yet again

James Reilly stumbles then falls while trying to balance at a hospital visit in Enniskillen
James Reilly stumbles then falls while trying to balance at a hospital visit in Enniskillen

HE'S not great at balancing the books in the Department of Health - and has had his difficulties keeping equilibrium in his personal finances.

And now Dr James Reilly proves he's no dab hand at balancing himself either.

The gaffe-prone Health Minister managed to trip himself up again at a playground in a Northern Ireland hospital.

His Northern counterpart Edwin Poots managed to skip across a ground level rope bridge in the playground at the Children's Centre of the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.

But Dr Reilly managed to slip, stumble, stagger, wobble and eventually fall over. Although his posterior didn't quite hit the ground, he gave the cameras a clear rear view before picking himself up and moving on.

 

Picking himself up from various setbacks and moving on has become a hallmark of the Health Minister as he has survived being listed in 'Stubbs Gazette', the resignation of a junior minister, several u-turns and the scrutiny of the EU-IMF bailout team of his department's finances.

Nicknamed "Calamity James" by a wag in the Dail, the minister was certainly living up to his reputation. It seems it's not child's play being Minister for Health.

Irish Independent

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