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Reilly won't speak at nurses conference because he's unwell

Nurses will debate motions on bullying and Universal Health Insurance at the conference in Kilkenny.

MINISTER FOR HEALTH James Reilly will not be speaking at the annual conference of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) as planned this lunchtime as he is “unwell”.

The minister was due to speak just after noon today at the conference in Kilkenny. However the organisation was informed yesterday evening that he would not, in fact, be able to attend.

A spokesperson in the minister’s department confirmed that the minister would not be giving an address “because he’s unwell”. They declined to give further details.

Ambrose McLoughlin, Secretary General in the Department of Health, will stand in for Reilly at the conference.

A number of motions will also be put before delegates representing nurses and midwives at the conference, including one on bullying and an emergency motion on Universal Health Insurance.

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