James Reilly and some of his officials met with NAMA in April of this year. This would've been after a site for Balbriggan was chosen by the HSE, but before Balbriggan was chosen. Balbriggan subsequently made it onto a list of 35 sites despite being #44 on the list. They discussed various topics including Primary Care Centers, during which Balbriggan was mentioned.... but not any specific address.
Here's a response to a PQ from Pierce Doherty (SF):
Reilly discussed Balbriggan as location for primary care centre with NAMAMy officials and I met once this year with NAMA on 20 April 2012. Within its commercial remit NAMA advises that it is at all times open to proposals which can contribute to the achievement of broader social and economic objectives.
In this context many issues of interest to the health services were discussed. A record of the meeting shows that a number of PCC locations were discussed, including Balbriggan. However, no specific address was mentioned.
From namawinelake who had the story yesterday:
Health minister James Reilly discussed Balbriggan site with NAMA in April 2012 « NAMA Wine Lake“Deputy Joe Higgins should note that the site is under the control of NAMA and that, as a consequence, Mr. Murphy does not gain. NAMA gains if there is any gain. NAMA represents the people in trying to get back the moneys that were lost.” Minister for Heath James Reilly in Dail debate on 3rd October, 2012
From the NAMA site:
Offence to Lobby NAMA - National Asset Management AgencyUnder Section 221 of the NAMA Act, it is an offence to attempt to lobby NAMA. An officer or Board member of NAMA is obliged to report any such attempt to a member of the Garda Síochána and failure to do so is itself an offence.
Is this the last straw for those that have supported him in both Fine Gael and Labour?
Will Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore continue to back this man or do they now have to face up to the fact that he is not only a liability to the DoH, but also to their leadership?
Reference: These links appeared on the "O'Reilly/Sunday Times" thread.