Minister Varadkar's first year in the job
Leo Varadkar has been one year in the Department of Health and the prolonged 'honeymoon' is now very definitely over. It is also very close on a year since the newly-installed Health Minister told us that the Government's health reform plans would have to be re-cast.
A major implication of what Mr Varadkar had to tell this newspaper last August was that the Health Service Executive (HSE), which had been earmarked for abolition, would continue in existence for the foreseeable future.
Today we learn that relations between the HSE and the minister are poor and that Mr Varadkar and his departmental officials have at best limited confidence in the HSE dealing with maternity-service reforms.