"The issues raised by the resignation of Minister of State Róisín Shortall represent a crisis for this Government.
‘Stroke politics’which people rejected in the last election are evident in the actions of James Reilly who has failed to publish the criteria for his selection of primary care centre locations.
The real losers in this whole debacle are the people who desperately need a reformed health service.
Roisin Shortall is the fourth Labour TD, and the second junior Minister, to have resigned the Labour whip since that party entered government.
She has clearly stated that Labour is not sticking to its health reform commitments in the Programme for Government.
The Labour leadership failed to support her or its own programme.
Labour should now do the decent thing and withdraw its support from this dysfunctional Government.”