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    Default Minister Reilly found to be in breach of Dail standing orders

    In an article published yesterday Irishhealth.com it revealed that a complaint made to the Ceann Comhairle by Labours Robert Dowds TD concerning the Minister for Health James Reilly TD for not fully answering a question put to him was upheld.

    This is the second such complaint that has been upheld by the Ceann Comhairle against Minister Reilly both questions related to primary care centre lists. Previously the Ceann Comhairle upheld a complaint from Sinn Fein's Caoimhghin O'Caolain that Minister Reilly had not fully answered a question from the Deputy in relation to information about the final list of 35 centres.





    FOI documents released show that Ministers press advisor, Mark Costigan, pictued above, engaged with a senior Department official concerning the written parliamentary replies. The content for written Dail responses is usually provided for Ministers by civil servants.

    In responses provided to the Ministers press advisor, Mark Costigan, documents show that the Dept. official said

    the Dept. 'is obliged to answer parliamentary questions submitted to the Minister.'

    "'I am very conscious that, on two occasions in the last few weeks, the Department has been found by the Ceann Comhairle to be in breach of Dail Standing Orders for not answering PQs that were put to the Minister"

    'it was in this context that I was particularly insistent last Tuesday that the reply given should answer the question asked." the official was responding to a previous email and phone conversation with Dr Reilly's press adviser.


    "Details of the specific issues raised by Mr Costigan in relation to the PQ were not included in the FOI documentation released to irishhealth.com"


    Question - Is it condusive to open government that Ministerial press advisors are engaging with dept officials charged with the legal responsibility of providing written parliamentary responses as to the activities of their respective dept's?


    Queries over Reilly's Dail answers on centres
    “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.” - Christopher Hitchens

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    Reilly again, Jaysus I know he was loyal to Enda in putsch before the GE, but how long can he look at him.

    Its hard enough for FG, given the budget situation, but this guy is a PR nightmare on top of that.

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    Reilly is clearly out of his depth - never mind where his moral compass is - and should be given the boot.

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    Why isn't it? Man, your obsession with James Reilly is getting, well, a bit obsessive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hiding behind a poster View Post
    Why isn't it? Man, your obsession with James Reilly is getting, well, a bit obsessive.
    Is that a record hbap? 3rd post in ...
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    Speaking of obsessions, isn't the respected poster a little obsessed in defending the dreadful joke party with the joke taoiseach?

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    Reilly will get into the Guiness book of records for incompetence and cronyism. That's Fianna Gael for ya.
    Follow the money in this country and it ALWAYS goes back to state support, be it tax breaks, state contracts and the manipulation of markets for the gombeen class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hiding behind a poster View Post
    Why isn't it? Man, your obsession with James Reilly is getting, well, a bit obsessive.
    In fairness what they OP details are facts. If Reilly was opposition spokesman he would be condemning this very loudly, he seems to stagger from one self inflicted disaster to the next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PO'Neill View Post
    Reilly will get into the Guiness book of records for incompetence and cronyism. That's Fianna Gael for ya.

    I'm no defender of Reilly but as for who would top the list for incompetence and cronyism - that is a long list with many contenders. Poll anyone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levellers View Post
    Reilly is clearly out of his depth - never mind where his moral compass is - and should be given the boot.
    Who would take on the job? Its clearly a poisoned chalice. If there was someone in the government parties more willing and able to do the job they'd of given him the chop by now.

    I'd say he probably has the safest job in government.

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