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Minister Harris must go - Louise O'Reilly TD

20 February, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Speaking this evening during the debate on the motion of no-confidence in the Minister for Health, Sinn Féin health spokesperson  Louise O’Reilly TD has said the case is clear that the Minister for Health must go.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“The submission of this no-confidence motion was not rushed, it is not vindictive or personalised, this motion was submitted because the scandal of the National Children’s Hospital overspend was the final straw.

“There are those out there in your own party and in the media that somehow think that this motion is unfair.

“When I hear that I wonder if these people have lived under a rock for the past three years, are they being deliberately obtuse, or just plainly partisan.

“Those who say this motion will not build a hospital or reduce waiting lists, nothing this government is doing is currently achieving that either.

“We are not going to stand on the side-lines and let the government off the hook for failing to deliver and presiding over a huge waste of taxpayers’ money.

“We were elected to stand up and give a voice to our constituents.

“At least we are using ours, unlike our colleagues in Fianna Fáil who have never understood political accountability.

“What we seek to do here is do what is right in the service of political accountability and the future of our health service. 

“This National Children’s Hospital overspend is not an isolated incident, it is one in a series of scandals, mistakes, and failures that have blighted Harris’s ministerial term.

“If the tables were turned, and it was I or any other opposition TD who were in the Minister’s shoes and had presided over the litany of scandals he has presided over, would they vote confidence in us?

“There is not a snowballs chance in hell he would.

“And by extension, there’s not a snowballs chance in hell that I’ll be voting confidence in him tonight.

“The Minister for Health must go."

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