Maeve Sheehan: One headache after another for shamed Dr Reilly
With huge debt, budget overruns and accusations of stroke politics, Reilly looks to be in bad shape
FIVE months have passed since the beleaguered Health Minister, James Reilly, became the first serving minister to be named in Stubbs Gazette over an unpaid debt of €1.9m arising from his soured investment in a nursing home.
Gracing the pages of Stubbs was a source of profound political embarrassment for Reilly that came out of the blue – even Reilly, who was in Cyprus at the time, had no advance notice of it.
The minister returned to give a long and complicated account to the Dail of the business affairs that led to his humiliating public shaming as a debt defaulter, blaming it on "complex litigation surrounding an investment 12 years ago".