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James Reilly must go: Labour grassroots meet to call for Reilly's resignation

The members say that Reilly’s approach to healthcare is “completely incompatible” with Labour values.

Minister for Health James Reilly
Minister for Health James Reilly
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

GRASSROOTS MEMBERS OF Labour are to meet this week to discuss how to bring about the resignation of Health Minister James Reilly.

The Campaign for Labour Policies said today that Reilly’s approach to healthcare provision is “completely incompatible” with Labour values.

The group will launch an online petition calling on Labour leader Eamon Gilmore to take action to ensure the resignation of Reilly as Minister for Health.

The members are calling for the alcohol misuse strategies proposed by Róisín Shortall before her resignation from the party to be implemented in full.

“James Reilly has not accounted properly for his decision to interfere with the priority list for primary health care centres,” said campaign spokesperson Neil Warner. “Indeed, his ‘explanations’ have made a mockery of the Government and insulted the intelligence of the public”.  Warner added:

If he will not go, he must be forced out by the Labour Party.

The members are to meet in Dublin this Wednesday to discuss the issue.

Disaffected members of the party formed the Campaign for Labour Policies last month to promote traditional Labour Party values which it says have been neglected in the party’s coalition government with Fine Gael.

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