Naughten to resign as health committee chair

Thursday 14 July 2011 16.48
Denis Naughten - To remain a full member of the committee
Denis Naughten - To remain a full member of the committee

Denis Naughten TD has confirmed he will be resigning from the position of Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health, Children & Youth Affairs.

'It is with great regret that I have tendered my resignation as chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health, Children & Youth Affairs,' Mr Naughten said.

'I have agreed to tender my resignation on the basis that I will be allowed to remain on as a full member of the committee.'

The TD for Roscommon-South Leitrim lost the Fine Gael whip after he failed to support the party in a Dáil vote last week on the downgrading of Roscommon County Hospital.

Mr Naughten said he had no choice but to vote with the Opposition because of promises he made during the General Election campaign to keep the hospital's emergency department open.