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O’Brien comments represent insider culture that refuses to be challenged – David Cullinane TD

4 November, 2018 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin's David Cullinane TD has rejected comments by former Director General of the HSE, Tony O’Brien, branding them 'an outburst'. 

Cullinane said that O’Brien’s outburst in the pages of a Sunday newspaper is reflective of an insider culture that refuses to be challenged.

Speaking in Waterford Cullinane said:

“Insider Ireland doesn’t like to be questioned. The cosy political establishment and highly paid senior civil servants think that they are above public scrutiny. Decades of old boys clubs and their political masters have allowed this culture to flourish.

“Tony O’Brien’s comments in a Sunday paper have given us a glimpse into that insider mind-set.

“O’Brien’s attack on the Public Accounts Committee and the democratic process is outrageous. He is clearly licking his wounds and instead of addressing the issues at the core of accountability and governance of the HSE, he lashes out.

“Sinn Féin makes no apology for holding senior officials to account for the discharge of their duties and their use of public money.

“Tony O’Brien demonstrates the same disregard for accountability in his retirement that he displayed as accounting officer for the HSE.

“His party political views, commentary and preferences are a matter for himself and of no particular interest to society at large. He was fortunate enough to walk away from his post with a hefty pension entitlement. The thousands of people lying on trolleys and many more waiting on hospital appointments are not so lucky.”


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