Tuesday 16 January 2018

Marc Coleman: Taxpayers' money must not go to pro-abortion groups

The appointment of Tony O'Brien to head the HSE is a worrying development, writes Marc Coleman

Economists usually don't -- and normally shouldn't -- get involved in the abortion debate. But the appointment of former Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) boss Tony O'Brien to head up the HSE is worthy of comment. As an economist, my reaction is conflicted.

Firstly, from €322,000 paid to previous boss Cathal Magee the new top HSE salary of €200,000 is a sign of real change for which the Government and Tony O'Brien should take credit.

But there is, alas, a deeply disturbing aspect of Tony O'Brien's appointment. A fact about him -- which most of our liberal media and RTE have unsurprisingly glossed over -- is that he was, as head of the IFPA, a strong advocate of abortion "rights".

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