Saturday 16 December 2017

'I haven't decided to take on Leo but it would be foolish to close doors' - Simon Harris

Health Minister hints at entering the Fine Gael leadership race but insists fixing the HSE is his main focus

Busy: Minister for Health Simon Harris, standing outside Government Buildings, wants HSE managers to show ‘hope and positivity’ when communicating what they do in an effort to encourage people to work in the sector and have faith in it. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Busy: Minister for Health Simon Harris, standing outside Government Buildings, wants HSE managers to show ‘hope and positivity’ when communicating what they do in an effort to encourage people to work in the sector and have faith in it. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Simon Harris is always busy. He's always rushing around somewhere, whether it's to a meeting with HSE officials, a surprise visit to a rural hospital, or a vote in the Dail chamber.

His officials and advisers in the Department of Health find it difficult to keep up with him.

But amid the panic over the Government's rental strategy last week, the Health Minister found time to sit down with the Sunday Independent in his Leinster House office to talk about life, love and the HSE.

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