Monday 22 January 2018

Reilly still has questions to answer, but he's not Haughey

Dr James Reilly has been judged guilty by a kangaroo court without sufficient evidence. He has significant questions still to answer. On these, the Irish Independent has pursued him. They involve the distorting of criteria, the ethical basis of Dr Reilly's position, personal involvement in the choice of primary care sites and misinformation to the Dail on the relationship between himself and Seamus Murphy.

Expect more questions, fewer answers. One piece of timely research was by Elaine Byrne in yesterday's 'Sunday Independent'. This showed that Dr Reilly was on firm constitutional ground while his former junior minister claimed powers she did not have.

It should be remembered that Dr Reilly has the least attractive job in government and is doing it under the handicap of his anointment as the devil incarnate. He is the most qualified, and yet he has not been given a chance. He has retained the support of colleagues, his party and party leader as well as ministers. Only three named politicians have called for his resignation.

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