Reilly: Taoiseach and Tánaiste 'were aware of decision on care centres'

Minister for Health James Reilly has reportedly claimed the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste were aware of his controversial move to place two primary care centres in his own constituency.

Reilly: Taoiseach and Tánaiste 'were aware of decision on care centres'

Minister for Health James Reilly has reportedly claimed the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste were aware of his controversial move to place two primary care centres in his own constituency.

The Sunday Independent reports that Minister Reilly has confirmed that he told Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore last July about the decision to increase the primary care centre list from 20 to 35.

The list included sites in Balbriggan and Swords which are in Dr Reilly's North Dublin constituency.

Sunday Business Post reported that Dr Reilly knew that the primary care centre site in Balbriggan owned by one of his political supporters had been chosen by the HSE, despite his insistence that he was not involved in the selection of individual sites.

The move led to the resignation of Junior Health Minister Roisin Shortall, who has accused him of "stroke politics".

Dr Reilly has also reportedly claimed that Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin was also informed about the extra centres.

It has also been reported Dr Reilly also met Phil Hogan in relation to primary care centres, before he added a centre in the Environment Minister's constituency to the controversial list.

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