Monday 18 December 2017

No amount of Enda's sticking plasters will stop this bleeding


Health Minister James Reilly. Photo: Mark Condren
Health Minister James Reilly. Photo: Mark Condren

MICHEAL Martin was pursuing the Taoiseach with the tenacity of a dog chasing a speeding car. "Incoherent and inconsistent. A shambles," he blasted.

And the Fianna Fail leader wasn't wrong. It doesn't matter if Enda Kenny gets the biggest, stickiest plaster in the world and carefully places it across the serious wound caused by the removal of discretionary medical cards from vulnerable families – it's an injury which won't be healing quickly any time soon.

Granted, the Cabinet waved its magic wand this week and tried to make the whole nightmare go away. It was a feat of wishful thinking akin to Bobby Ewing emerging from the shower and everyone discovering that the car crash had all been a horrible dream.

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