The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has criticised those who “put pictures of miscarried babies, with my image” up in his Wicklow constituency “with a view to intimidate and upset” his family, friends and constituents. pic.twitter.com/Jj5xxj8Ul2
We’ve blurred the gory part of the multiple posters that have gone up around Simon Harris’s office – this is an escalation of something the people behind Save 8 have been involved in back to the 1990s, outside the GPO most Saturdays pic.twitter.com/Xv15mdivoJ
Dr Gabriel Scally who is heading up the scoping investigation into #cervicalcancer says it may not be possible for the scoping inquiry to attribute blame. But he says if he finds serious problems, he will be pointing to them. He says he will be frank and forthright. @rtenews
At this stage I really am speechless at just how poorly prepared #CervicalCheck, the HSE and Department of Health were for the questions that were likely (very likely) to follow such a high profile case.
The Minister for Health Simon Harris is expected to make a statement and answers questions in the Dáil about the CervicalCheck scandal.
He’s also expected to outline what kind of inquiry will take place into the matter.
Vicky Phelan has also tweeted that she has given her approval for the three-page memo which Mr Harris received about her case on April 16 – three days before Ms Phelan had a full day’s hearing in the High Court – to be made public this evening.
The Vicky Phelan memo
Leaders’ Questions will begin the Dáil at 2pm and can be watched live here.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (right) and Minister for Health Simon Harris with official Hospice dog Rian as they visit Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross, to conduct the official opening of its new €15 million palliative care unit.
Asked if he had confidence in the management at Cervical Check, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he had absolute confidence in the screening programme, but in terms of personnel, he said he did not want to condemn any individuals before the review was completed.
He said he wanted to establish the facts and urged anyone who has been called for screening to attend.
Mr Varadkar also said it was currently being verified that the 206 women were informed of the situation and said he thinks they have been and wants to make sure that is the case.
Simon Harris is nothing if not precocious. The 31-year-old Irish health minister was briefly tipped as a contender for the leadership of his center-right Fine Gael party earlier this year before he ruled himself out, saying he didn’t have enough experience.
But Harris is no political ingénue: He was the only minister not to back the winner, now-Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, and still keep his job.
“It’s not for me to guess why he did that,” Harris, a slight figure with a rapid-fire delivery, says with a laugh. “There’s a very exciting dynamic now in Irish politics…”
Minister for Health Simon Harris’s inclusion at Number 15 in the Politico class of 2018