Tuesday 16 January 2018

Willie O'Dea: Ministries of Wishes reveal weak links

James Reilly and Joan Burton should stop dreaming and focus on task of helping those in need, says Willie O'Dea

A few months ago I wrote about how ministers in this Government could be divided into three distinct categories: the High Flyers, the Passengers and the Weak Links.

At the time I identified Phil Hogan and Alan Shatter as two of the Government's weakest links. I also noted that they were not the only ones. Their names made it into the frame at the time due to the insensitivity and arrogance they had displayed over a series of issues, including the failed Dail inquiries referendum and the handling of the household charge.

I remarked how they somehow managed even to "edge the walking disaster zone that is the Health Minister, Dr James Reilly, out of the frame". As we saw last week, while they may have managed to topple him from his top spot back then, he was not going to stay off it for long.

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