Quinn refuses to 'confirm or deny' comments about Health Minister

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn said today that he would "neither confirm nor deny" reports that he suggested James Reilly was not fit to be Health Minister.

It follows newspaper reports yesterday suggesting that Ruairi Quinn confided to a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party that Minister Reilly was "not up to the job".

However Minister Quinn said the Labour parliamentary party holds its meetings in private, and that he would not breach confidentiality.

"Whatever about leaks, I regard them [the meetings] as confidential," he said.

"We cannot do our business unless they remain confidential, and I'm not going to confirm or deny or in anyway change my comment that I made repeatedly about Dr Jim Reilly.

"He has both my confidence and my sympathy. He has an extremely difficult job to do."


More in this Section

UN investigating treatment of Magdalene Laundry survivorUN investigating treatment of Magdalene Laundry survivor

Man jailed for 18 months for disposing of chainsaw his father used in murderMan jailed for 18 months for disposing of chainsaw his father used in murder

Students’ Union 'outraged' at NUI Galway rent hikeStudents’ Union 'outraged' at NUI Galway rent hike

Almost 600 on trolleys in Irish hospitalsAlmost 600 on trolleys in Irish hospitals


Lifestyle

Setting sail to travel the world as part of your job has a romance all of its own but for marketing manager Máire Cronin and engineer Mark Crowe it led to love.Wedding of the Week: Cruise ship co-workers Máire and Mark sail off into sunset

One of the genres that has seen exponential growth in the podcast world is the sleepcast. Open Spotify on your phone in the evening and a number of offerings are available, writes Eoghan O'SullivanThe Podcast Corner: podcasts that will put you to sleep

Cutting-edge animation was paired with the look of an old-fashioned family film for Call Of The Wild, writes Esther McCarthyCall of the Wild: CGI dogs have their day in new Disney adventure

A new exhibition recalls the late entertainer Thom McGinty, writes Richard Fitzpatrick.Remembering The Diceman: street performer and social activist

More From The Irish Examiner