FINE GAEL and Labour Ministers have closed ranks behind Minister for Health James Reilly following the latest damaging row with his Labour Minister of State, Róisín Shortall.
As Dr Reilly defended his decision to add two locations in his constituency to a priority list for primary care centres, Ms Shortall publicly called on him to explain his rationale. Three times when questioned by reporters yesterday, she declined to express confidence in the Minister.
In a barbed response, Dr Reilly pointed out that his junior minister had voted for him in the Dáil no confidence vote on Wednesday, adding that “actions speak louder than words”.
There were no contacts between the two politicians yesterday.
*medium popcorn, bitter lemon, sour grapes*
Coalition Ministers close ranks behind Reilly in Shortall row (Paul Cullen/Martin Wall, Irish Times)
(Mark Stedman/EamonnFarrell/Photocall Ireland)