Shortall quits after long and bitter row with Reilly –
Ms Shortall has also resigned the Labour whip in the Dail, making her the fourth Labour TD to go to the Independent benches since the Government was formed.
Dr Reilly and Ms Shortall had a fraught relationship in recent months. The latest controversy erupted last week over a list of proposed new health centres.
In a statement tonight, Ms Shortall said: “It is with regret that I have today tendered my resignation as Minister of State at the Department of Health to An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny. I have also informed the Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore, that I am resigning the Parliamentary Labour Party whip.
“It is no longer possible for me to fulfil my role as Minister of State for Primary Care because of lack of support for the reforms in the Programme for Government and the values which underpin it,” the Dublin North-West TD added.
“The public have a right to expect that decisions on health infrastructure and staffing will be made in the public interest based on health need and not driven by other concerns.
“This decision comes after repeated and lengthy efforts to reach agreement on the implementation of the Programme for Government both within the Department of Health and across Government.”
Lovers we are not
Posted on September 27, 2012, in Government, National Politics and tagged Department of Health, Dublin North West (Dáil Éireann constituency), Eamon Gilmore, enda kenny, James Reilly, labour, Parliamentary Labour Party, Róisín Shortall. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.