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The week the spin got found out as vulnerable paid price

Fionnán Sheahan


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Under pressure: Health Minister Simon Harris addresses the media. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Under pressure: Health Minister Simon Harris addresses the media. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Under pressure: Health Minister Simon Harris addresses the media. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Bertie Ahern used to be the master of the 'Ah Jaysus, somebody should do something about that' school of politics. The mantle has been taken over by Simon Harris.

Any problem, big or small, can be deflected to some other arm of the State, agency or quango - anybody bar the Government itself. The Health Minister's performance was so abjectly poor, the flimsy Confidence and Supply government collapsed prematurely over a vote of confidence in him back in January.

Now he remains in office because the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil parties that created the outgoing government haven't morphed into the incoming government yet as they seek a patsy to join their band.


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