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Minister Harris’ position is untenable, Taoiseach must remove him - Louise O’Reilly TD

7 February, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Responding to the publication of a memo this evening which shows the Health Minister Simon Harris was aware that the National Children’s Hospital had a €391million overrun last August, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly has said that the Minister’s position is untenable and that An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar must remove him from his position.

Speaking this evening Teachta Reilly said;

“Minster Harris’ story is unravelling before our very eyes.

“The memo published this evening clearly shows that he was aware of a €391million overrun at the hospital as far back as August yet he did not inform the his cabinet colleagues till November 9th.

“This means that he was aware of a massive cost overrun at the hospital while he and his government were putting together the budget for this year yet he never mentioned it till after the budget was announced.

“Minister Harris’ position is completely untenable.  The Taoiseach must remove him from his position.

“There is also an onus on Fianna Fáil to make a statement on this matter and they have to stop protecting Minister Harris.  They hold the numbers on this.  If Micheál Martin changes his position then we can move a motion of no confidence and the Minster will be gone as early as next week.”

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