Taoiseach stands over invite of public service work to O’Brien - Imelda Munster TD
Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has today challenged an Taoiseach Leo Varadkar about a handwritten note he wrote to HSE CEO Tony O’Brien, in which the Taoiseach says he is hopeful that Mr O’Brien will “still be available to the public service” after his retirement.
Today under Promised Legislation Deputy Munster asked an Taoiseach if he was standing over the note, which was handwritten on a typed letter from an Taoiseach to the HSE boss thanking him and the HSE for their work during Storm Emma.
An Taoiseach refused to address the substantive issues of Deputy Munster’s question.
Deputy Munster said:
"The handwritten note from an Taoiseach reads ‘Hope you will still be available to the public service after you retire from the HSE, Leo’.
“It demonstrates that the culture whereby a CEO can leave a job in disgrace and still be encouraged back to the public service for a handy nixer after retirement.
“I asked an Taoiseach today if he stood over this statement, to give him the opportunity to retract his previous invitation, however he declined to do so.
“It is quite clear that an Taoiseach, even after all that has happened, after lives were lost and immense hurt caused to families and thousands of women left worried about their health, is not only unwilling to fire Tony O’Brien, but he is not even willing to retract his invitation to O’Brien to come back to work for the public service.
“I asked Leo Varadkar if he thought that the women of Ireland would be happy with him encouraging Mr O’Brien back to the HSE.
“An Taoiseach missed another opportunity today, and once again he let the women of Ireland down”.