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Thread: Questions Again Being Raised on the Actions of James Reilly.

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    Default Questions Again Being Raised on the Actions of James Reilly.

    A report in the Irish Examiner today on the clean out of the membership of the Hepatitis C/HIV Compensation Tribunal.

    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.
    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.

    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.
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    All I can do at this point is shake my head....

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    The FG cabinet are a bunch of cowboys, they really are.

    Enda Kenny has lost the run of them because he's too beholding to then for support during the leadership challenge(s) and giving them a very, very, long lead.

    As the OP says - there may well be a very good reason for it, but I doubt it'll be the right reason and we'll never know about it because he'll be allowed waffle on for 10 mins say nothing and leave the Dail and the country none the wiser.

    All he's missing is the Stetson and spurs.
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    These are the current board members:

    Ms. Karen O’Driscoll SC, Chairperson
    Ms Bridget Barry Barrister-at-Law
    Ms Mary Cantrell, Solicitor
    Mr James Devlin, Barrister-at-Law
    Ms Karen Fergus, Senior Counsel
    Ms Rachel Murphy, Barrister-at-Law
    Ms Anne Rowland Barrister-at-Law
    Mr Dara Hayes Barrister-at-Law
    Ms Deirdre Hegarty, Solicitor
    Mr David Martin, Solicitor
    Ms Una McGurk, Senior Counsel
    Ms Ann O'Neill Solicitor
    Ms Diane Duggan Barrister-at-Law
    Ms Kathryn Hutton, Barrister-at-Law

    Do they all need to be legal types ? Is that a prerequisite for this kind of thing ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by emulator View Post
    These are the current board members:

    Ms. Karen O’Driscoll SC, Chairperson
    Ms Bridget Barry Barrister-at-Law
    Ms Mary Cantrell, Solicitor
    Mr James Devlin, Barrister-at-Law
    Ms Karen Fergus, Senior Counsel
    Ms Rachel Murphy, Barrister-at-Law
    Ms Anne Rowland Barrister-at-Law
    Mr Dara Hayes Barrister-at-Law
    Ms Deirdre Hegarty, Solicitor
    Mr David Martin, Solicitor
    Ms Una McGurk, Senior Counsel
    Ms Ann O'Neill Solicitor
    Ms Diane Duggan Barrister-at-Law
    Ms Kathryn Hutton, Barrister-at-Law

    Do they all need to be legal types ? Is that a prerequisite for this kind of thing ?
    You would expect to see a couple of doctors on a medical compensation board and maybe an accountant or two.
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    Yeah you'd expect an insurance rep and accountant to be there. Not sure what a doctor would bring to the table.
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    One of the reasons I have such an intense dislike of Reilly is that he took me in with his crocodile tears about the victims of this outrage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emulator View Post
    These are the current board members:

    Ms. Karen O’Driscoll SC, Chairperson
    Ms Bridget Barry Barrister-at-Law
    Ms Mary Cantrell, Solicitor
    Mr James Devlin, Barrister-at-Law
    Ms Karen Fergus, Senior Counsel
    Ms Rachel Murphy, Barrister-at-Law
    Ms Anne Rowland Barrister-at-Law
    Mr Dara Hayes Barrister-at-Law
    Ms Deirdre Hegarty, Solicitor
    Mr David Martin, Solicitor
    Ms Una McGurk, Senior Counsel
    Ms Ann O'Neill Solicitor
    Ms Diane Duggan Barrister-at-Law
    Ms Kathryn Hutton, Barrister-at-Law

    Do they all need to be legal types ? Is that a prerequisite for this kind of thing ?
    There also seems to be a gender imbalance amongst the members of the tribunal with only three of the fourteen members being male.
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    it's a manhunt! fine gael must hold its nerve!
    i am crying, writing this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emulator View Post
    These are the current board members:

    Ms. Karen O’Driscoll SC, Chairperson
    Ms Bridget Barry Barrister-at-Law
    Ms Mary Cantrell, Solicitor
    Mr James Devlin, Barrister-at-Law
    Ms Karen Fergus, Senior Counsel
    Ms Rachel Murphy, Barrister-at-Law
    Ms Anne Rowland Barrister-at-Law
    Mr Dara Hayes Barrister-at-Law
    Ms Deirdre Hegarty, Solicitor
    Mr David Martin, Solicitor
    Ms Una McGurk, Senior Counsel
    Ms Ann O'Neill Solicitor
    Ms Diane Duggan Barrister-at-Law
    Ms Kathryn Hutton, Barrister-at-Law

    Do they all need to be legal types ? Is that a prerequisite for this kind of thing ?
    Well....we have too many lawyers in this country...so we have to find work for them.

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