Two GP surgeries among many assets
HIS nickname is 'Bottler' -- but Dr James Reilly's pedigree is much more privileged than the rugged upbringing enjoyed by comedian Brendan Grace's fictional schoolboy.
He is the son of two doctors who had a thriving practice and were active in medical politics with the Irish Medical Union, the forerunner of the Irish Medical Organisation.
After studying medicine in the Royal College of Surgeons, he went on to inherit his parents' practice.
The medic, who has been practising for 25 years, has two surgeries, one in Lusk and one in Donabate. He was one of the early GPs to invest in state-of-the-art premises.
The new Health Minister's main practice is in Lusk town centre, Co Dublin, where his multi-million euro investment houses a surgery, treatment room, offices, pharmacy, supermarket, bookmakers, barbers, restaurant and apartments. The surgery employs 12 GPs.
As a contract holder for the medical card scheme, he was listed among the top earners in 2009. His practice received €318,000 in 2009 in fees for the care of medical card holders. But he said he handed the work to another GP after he became a TD.
Married with five children, he owns the former family farm on 86 acres in Baldrummond in Lusk, a holiday home in Co Clare, and he is said to have a fleet of classic cars.
He also owns 150 acres in Co Offaly and a quarter share in the Green Hills nursing home in Carrick-on-Suir in Co Tipperary.