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James Reilly just doesn't know if he'll be Minister for Health next week

Reilly insisted today he will be happy to serve wherever the Taoiseach asks him to.

Health Minister James Reilly will hope to remain in his post after the reshuffle
Health Minister James Reilly will hope to remain in his post after the reshuffle
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

HEALTH MINISTER JAMES Reilly has said that he will serve wherever he is asked to serve if he is reshuffled out of his ministry next week.

The embattled Reilly is widely expected to be moved out of the Department of Health in next week’s anticipated Cabinet reshuffle after a turbulent three years in office.

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar or Jobs Minister Richard Bruton are tipped to take over.

There has been much speculation about where Reilly will move to within government given his passsion for health matters and the fact that as Fine Gael deputy leader he would be expected to remain in Cabinet.

Speaking at the launch of a National Plan for Rare Diseases today, Reilly said he is “no wiser than anybody else” about his prospects next week, but said that he is happy to serve wherever he is asked.

“Look that’s in the hands of the Taoiseach,” he said. “He’s always made it very clear that he would make a decision that he feels best serves the people.

“I’ve always been clear in that understanding so I’ve always made it clear that I’ll serve wherever I am asked.”

Read: ‘It’s like an army general giving orders: You do what you’re told’ – Varadkar

Read: Does Richard Bruton want James Reilly’s job?*

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