Less of the commentary please, Minister Harris
Simon Harris appears to be taking his role as Leo Varadkar's replacement as Health Minister a little too literally. The previous minister developed an annoying habit of being more of a commentator than a decision-maker on the health service.
Now Harris has taken up the baton. The new Health Minister is wringing his hands ferociously at the row over the plan to move the National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street to the St Vincent's Hospital campus. He says that he is powerless to solve what he describes as an "unedifying spat", warning that there is no "plan B" if the mediation process currently under way fails.
The minister was supposed to provide an 'update' on the plans to the Seanad yesterday. Instead, he prattled off what is already known about the turf war between the two hospitals.