Saturday 20 January 2018

Defiant James Reilly insists there is no justification for FF no-confidence motion in him

Minister for health James Reilly. Photo: Collins
Minister for health James Reilly. Photo: Collins

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

HEALTH Minister Dr James Reilly says there is no justification for another motion of no confidence in him.

Dr Reilly also said he would not change the way he selected primary care centres, an issue which continues to dog him.

Fianna Fail is to table another motion of no-confidence in Dr Reilly because it says the minister has still not provided an adequate explanation as to why he bumped a number of locations, including two in his constituency, into a priority primary care list.

It has emerged the locations, including Swords and Balbriggan in his Dublin North constituency, were added to the list of 35 at the last minute.

A similar motion against Dr Reilly was defeated in September and former junior health minister Roisin Shortall resigned over the controversy.

Under Dail rules, another motion cannot be tabled until March.

Speaking in Blanchardstown, Dublin, this morning, Dr Reilly said: "I've made it very clear I stand over what I did and if I had to do it all again I'd do what I did."

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