Tuesday 16 January 2018

It's the season for sackings and the hot tip is that Reilly will soon be gone from Health

Health Minister James Reilly is tipped to be moved from his post
Health Minister James Reilly is tipped to be moved from his post
Sara Burke

Sara Burke

TO lose one minister may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness. If political gossip was accurate, James Reilly would have resigned before Alan Shatter last Wednesday. The rumour is that he was persuaded to stay in the post until after the local and European elections. To have another senior Fine Gael minister quit on the same day as Alan Shatter would have been just too politically explosive and undermining for Enda Kenny.

The rumours were fuelled by Dr Reilly going home sick on the day that news broke of Shatter's shock resignation and him pulling out of addressing the nurses' conference last Friday.

Those at the very top in Health vehemently deny these rumours. That said, Eamon Gilmore was out defending Alan Shatter's honour on national media just hours before the Taoiseach announced the stepping down of the Justice Minister.

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