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David Quinn: Health service workers enjoy the life of Reilly

Defending Health Minister James Reilly is about as fashionable as platform shoes, but when he said last week that it would be impossible to cut another €700m from his budget next year without a renegotiation of the Croke Park Agreement, he was absolutely correct.

In fact, contrary to his image as blunderer, I believe he has actually played his hand quite deftly this time around.