A report in the Irish Examiner today on the clean out of the membership of the Hepatitis C/HIV Compensation Tribunal.
The paper raised the issue of whether or not party political considerations played a part in the clear out but this was denied. Billy Kelleher has stated that he intends raising it in the Dáil.The Department of Health has denied party political considerations are factors in a process set to see 13 new members appointed to the 15-person board in a radical change-over poised to cost the taxpayer €130,000 in "golden hello" fees.
In another unusual move, Mr Reilly has not yet officially told many of the outgoing members their contracts were not being renewed — with four of them only learning of the fact when contacted by the Irish Examiner with details supplied by the department.
It does seem unusual to replace a tribunal whose members seem to have been performing well. Once again, Reilly appears at the centre of a story concern decisions that just don't seem 'right'. There may well be a perfectly reasonable explanation for this and we'll see what explanation Reilly gives in the Dáil - he is taking oral questions on Thursday.