Former health minister Dr James Reilly
You may recall how RTÉ’s Prime Time in May reported that the people living in Fine Gael’s former Health Minister Dr James Reilly’s constituency, Dublin North, were twice as likely to get National Lottery funding than any other constituency in 2011 and 2012.
RTÉ journalist Ken Foxe also obtained documents showing repeated instances of how Dr Reilly overruled original recommendations of senior civil servants.
Further to this, Paul Cullen, in the Irish Times, reports today that Mr Reilly awarded National Lottery grants totalling almost €500,000 to projects in his constituency during 2011, 2012 and 2013, and that he approved 17 grants nationally against the advice of officials.
Mr Cullen also reports that in 2010, before Dr Reilly was appointed minister, projects or groups in his constituency received €10,000 in lottery funding.
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