Monday 20 November 2017

'Wasted decade of failure' - Kenny on health 10 years ago

When Enda Kenny was in opposition he launched a bitter attack on then health minister Mary Harney.

The Fine Gael party leader said in November 2007 that the Fianna Fáil-Progressive Democrat's government record on the health service was a "wasted decade from a bunch of wasters".

"From minister Cowen, who couldn't wait to get out of the brief, to minister Martin, who didn't read the brief, to minister Harney, who gave the brief away to the HSE, they have all failed," he said.

Earlier in the 2007 General Election campaign, he pledged to "sack the wasters of taxpayers' money".

Mr Kenny said Irish people viewed politics as being no different to any other job. "They want people to take responsibility," he said. "I'm talking here about ministerial competency and accountability. In the next government, targets will be set by myself for each minister and they will understand that this kind of reckless behaviour with the public's money will not be tolerated."

He said he would sack any minister who fell short of their targets, unless there was a compelling reason for the failure. Fine Gael said at the time there was a need for ministerial accountability to prevent future cost over-runs, such as the €52m spent on redundant e-voting machines and the €176m spent on the PPARS health service payroll computer system.

Irish Independent

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