Friday 20 April 2018

James Reilly: 'I was the lightning rod for the problems of the government'

Acting minister James Reilly
Acting minister James Reilly

Barry Lennon

ACTING Children’s Minister James Reilly believes he was a “lightning rod” for the out-going Government.

Minister Reilly also revealed he thought of quitting as Health Minister as he believed medical card holders suffered to get the country out of financial crisis.

“I could have walked but I felt if I did that it might have brought the Government down,” he said on RTÉ Radio’s Seán O’Rourke programme.

“I was the lightning rod for the problems of the government.”

The Fine Gael deputy-leader said he considered returning to his “first love” as a GP after his failure to get re-elected in General Election 2016.

However, when asked about running in another election he said, “never say never.”

“The sooner an election comes the more likely I am to run.”

He also admitted he was toxic to “some people” following his election disaster in Dublin.

“It’s always hard to be rejected. But I’m very grateful for two terms from the people of Dublin-Fingal and I’m honoured to be Fine Gael Deputy-leader.”

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