James Reilly says Fianna Fáil no confidence motion is unjustified

Monday 26 November 2012 22.00
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James Reilly insisted he acted appropriately in dealing with primary care centres
James Reilly insisted he acted appropriately in dealing with primary care centres
Micheál Martin said the party would move a motion on Mr Reilly as soon as possible
Micheál Martin said the party would move a motion on Mr Reilly as soon as possible

Minister for Health James Reilly has said there is no justification for a motion of no confidence in him from Fianna Fáil or any other party.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said this morning he is to table another motion of no confidence in Mr Reilly following new revelations over the selection of primary care centres over the weekend.

However, Mr Reilly insisted that he acted appropriately in dealing with primary care centres and he would do it all again if he had to.

He denied “stroke” politics was behind his decision to add two sites in his constituency to the list of primary care centres.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Mr Martin said Fianna Fáil would move the motion as soon as Dáil procedures would allow.

He accused Mr Reilly of dishonesty in his handling of the primary care sites process.

"We now learn from Freedom of Information that the minister was not telling us the truth, neither was the Government, in relation to how that process occurred.

"And principally we learn there was no rationale for the addition of 15 more (centres), there was no substantial or rigorous criteria involved," he said.

Mr Martin said the minister had only survived the last vote because Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and the Labour Party supported him.

Sinn Féin's health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said Minister Reilly has no shred of credibility left.

He said his handling of the primary care centres issue and the savage cutbacks he has imposed on health services show that he is not fit to lead.

“The FOI revelations at the weekend confirmed that he was involved in stroke politics in the addition of locations to the list of primary care centres on the very eve of the announcement of the list last July,” Mr Ó'Caoláin said.

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