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James Reilly has misled the Dáil - Opposition

Meanwhile, Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has described Reilly as a “reforming minister” and said he is satisfied with Reilly’s explanation about the criteria used for the primary care locations.
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AN OPPOSITION PARTY has said Minister for Health James Reilly has “fresh questions” to answer about the primary care centres planned for his constituency of Dublin North.

Fianna Fáil party whip Seán Ó Fearghail said the latest revelations about the Minister proved that James Reilly had misled the Dáil.

The Kildare South TD said Reilly had failed to give any coherent and plausible explanations about how two primary care centres ended up being located in Swords and Balbriggan.

“The Minister has been given ample opportunity to clearly explain the criteria used for selecting certain sites over others, and to come clean about his involvement in this process,” said Ó Fearghail.

“Yet again we have evidence that Minister Reilly has failed to tell the truth about his role in selecting primary care sites in his own constituency”.

Ó Fearghail was responding to a letter revealed in today’s Sunday Business Post which said that Reilly knew the HSE had already chosen Balbriggan before he added it to the list.

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Reilly has constantly reiterated that the selection of locations for the proposed 35 primary care centres around the country was carried out according to a set criteria.

Separately, Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton has described Reilly as a “really reforming minister” and said he is satisfied with the explanation given by James Reilly about the criteria used for selecting the locations.

Speaking on RTE Radio One’s This Week programme this afternoon, Bruton said Reilly is seeking to reform the entire health system.

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