Friday 18 October 2019

Harris denies using taxpayers' funds for Rugby World Cup fliers


Health Minister Simon Harris
Health Minister Simon Harris
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Health Minister Simon Harris said he did not use taxpayers' money to fund leaflets which he sent to homes in his Wicklow constituency with Rugby World Cup match dates.

Mr Harris was challenged by Fianna Fáil TD Stephen Donnelly yesterday at the Oireachtas Health Committee about the leaflet drop.

Mr Donnelly, who is also a TD in Wicklow, said he was contacted on Tuesday night by a constituent whose child is on a waiting list for three-and-a-half years for therapy.

"She was very annoyed. On the same day she got a letter from the HSE saying there are delays again, she got a leaflet from you giving the World Cup dates," he said.

She questioned how the leaflets from Mr Harris could be paid for and yet children waited for therapy.

Mr Harris said the money for the leaflets did not come from public funding.

"We are providing funding for an extra 100 therapy posts in the health service this year," he said. He expected Budget 2020 to provide more funds for the expansion of therapy services for children.

Irish Independent

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