It's good to talk in drive for reform
This morning the Cabinet will hold its last meeting before the holidays. Inevitably it will leave a mountain of unfinished business behind. This is forgivable in view of the hideous situation it inherited 16 months ago, but some of the business cannot wait for the autumn -- cannot wait for any length of time.
At the top of the list must come the never-ending difficulties in the Department of Health. Since troubles proverbially seldom come singly, Health Minister James Reilly cannot be surprised that his appearance in 'Stubbs Gazette' has been followed so quickly by one of those petty rows that swell like balloons.
One of his junior ministers, Roisin Shortall, and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore took offence when they learned from the media of the impending resignation of the head of the Health Service Executive, Cathal Magee. The story has gained "legs" because of the evident tensions between Dr Reilly and Ms Shortall.