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Minister for Health Simon Harris arrives for a cabinet meeting at government buildings, Merrion Street, Dublin 2 this morning.

‘I knew there would be no accountability’ – CervicalCheck victims’ ‘heartbreak’ as damning report details litany of failures (Independent.ie)

Cabinet to discuss Scally Review into CervicalCheck (RTÉ)

Yesterday: “Heartbroken”



This afternoon.

Dublin Castle.

Minister for Health Simon Harris with white-haired Darcy, from the Ambulance Service, and love-lorn Seodin, from  the Dublin Fire Brigade, during the launch of the  ‘National Day to Celebrate Ireland’s Unsung Heroes’ a new national day to recognise frontline and emergency services workers.

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A group shot with Simon Harris and members of the Emergency Services

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The Scholiosis Advocacy Network writes:

Recorded March 6th 2017 – Minister Harris said no child will wait longer than 4 months for scoliosis surgery. 7th Aug 2018 – children continue to wait longer than 4 months for scoliosis surgery. No accountability, no communication to parents and children continue to deteriorate on surgery wait lists.


Scoliosis Advocacy Network (Facebook)

Previously: ‘He Was Listed For Surgery In 2016’

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.

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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.

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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)

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