So it's official, James Reilly is to stay on as Health Minister
Crisis-prone Reilly to stay as Health Minister - National News - Independent.ie
And this comes a day after he said on RTE Radio (six O'Clock news) that he'll introduce legislation on abortion before the end of January.
With speed of King Herod, Labour have used the christmas period to target the unborn and they have imho leveraged Reilly's difficulties - which I wouldn't be surprised to hear if their spinmeisters had engineered - into presenting FG with an option: Legalise abortion or Reilly goes.
Labour know Reilly is instrumental to Kenny. Reilly supported Kenny in the heave. And he is politically indispensable. He is also crucial to what FG want to achieve in health.
So they have played a blinder.
Reilly's appointment of former abortion rights campaigner Tony O'Brien to head the HSE and the HSE's subsequent choice of Dr. Arulkumaran - who has spoken openly of the need to legalise abortion in Ireland