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This morning.

Phoenix Park, Dublin

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Miniser for Health Simon Harris and Minister of State for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne (top left) launch the Government’s Healthy Ireland Summer 2018 campaign.

The Healthy Ireland 2018 summer campaign “seeks to encourage people to get out and be active together this summer”.

Doctors say this is especially important for people who take their health advice and tips from the  government.

Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews

Simon Harris attending his first Emergency Department Taskforce Meeting as Minister for Health on May 30, 2016

Minister for Health Simon Harris  at a Together 4 Yes event this morning



This afternoon.

At a meeting of the Oireachtas health committee.

Minister for Health Simon Harris mentions those posters outside his constituency office..

After which, Senator Ronán Mullen asked the minister:

“What I’m asking you is, is there a disconnect between disapproving of the posters and being in favour of the killing of children in that way?”

Mr Harris responded that he “disassociated”himself from the language of Senator Mullen and that he will campaign for a Yes vote.

Earlier: Still Here

Via RTE Politics

This afternoon.

Government Buildings, Dublin 2

Independent.ie understands three ministers, Katherine Zappone, Michael Ring and Finian McGrath, questioned the merits of standing by Mr [Tony] O’Brien {HSE chief] at today’s Cabinet meeting

And when questioned by the media this afternoon, Mr Harris repeatedly avoided giving a direct answer.

He said there will be a new interim director of the HSE in place by the start of July.

I haven’t done any such thing in terms of expressing or not expressing [confidence],” he said.

Simon Harris refuses to express confidence in HSE boss Tony O’Brien (Independent.ie)



Simon Harris criticises ‘disgusting’ abortion posters using his image (Irish Times)




Minister for Health Simon Harris


This evening.

Minister for Health Simon Harris addresses the CervicalCheck scandal in the Dáil.

More as we get it.

Pic: Oireachtas.ie



Ah here.

Minister for Health Simon Harris

This evening.

At around 6pm.

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.

Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews


This afternoon.

Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6

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.

Harris says he has no confidence in management of cervical screening programme (RTÉ)

Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews

Yesterday evening.

The Department of Health, Hawkins Street, Dublin 2

Members of the Love Both Campaign claiming that since January, Minister for Health Simon Harris has tweeted or retweeted on the Eighth Amendment 134 times and just once on the trolley crisis.

They are calling on the Minister to “get his priorities straight” ahead of the forthcoming referendum to remove the Eight Amendment from the Constitution.

Meanwhile: ‘Irish Times’ poll: Public favour repeal of Eighth despite slip in support (Irish Times)

Sam Boal/RollingNew

A grime-based punking of a future minister.

Anon writes:

A few years ago, as part of an uncommissioned radio pilot, I did a hoax interview with the current health minister, Simon Harris (top right), about the “death” of the rapper Dizzee Rascal (top left)….

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


Politico 28 – Who To Watch In 2018 (Politico)