Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused the Health Minister of making promises he has failed to keep.

Speaking during Leaders’ Questions, Mr Martin said even James Reilly’s own cabinet colleagues had been critical of him, particularly in relation to his attempt to cut care allowances for those with disabilities.

Mr Martin asked the Taoiseach to comment on reports that there would be numerous cutbacks to hospitals and an erosion of services.

Enda Kenny said nobody would be in a position to clear up the mess that the Fianna Fáil-led government had left behind.

He said Mr Martin was anticipating the motion of no-confidence in the Health Minister.

He said there had been a reduction of 22% in terms of hospital lists and the number of adults waiting 12 months for day care services was down by over 80%.

Mr Kenny conceded that free GP care was behind schedule but said it was on the Government’s “priority agenda”.

He commended the Health Minister for his swift response in reversing the proposed cuts to homecare allowances for those with disabilities.

Earlier, the Taoiseach said Mr Reilly will be defended very strongly by the Government in tonight's no confidence motion in the Dáil.

Referring to the motion put down by Fianna Fáil, Mr Kenny said it was a matter for the Opposition how it uses its private members' time.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said he was confident that all of his Labour TDs will back Mr Reilly and that Fianna Fáil's motion was a political stunt.

Mr Gilmore also said the party was in no position to criticise the Government after its record in health.