James Reilly

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 “Wouldn’t it be great if the history of the Traveller people, and our culture,  was taught in the schools?” James Reilly at the Traveller site in Clonshaugh, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Father of three James Reilly (34) lives with his family in St Dominic’s Park, on the site of a former dump, off the Malahide Road in Coolock. Some 22 (...)

 A woman pays respects to Cardinal Connell at his funeral in the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A remarkable feature of Cardinal Desmond Connell’s funeral last week was the scarcity of public representatives. It was such a “small” affair for some(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “The contradiction means that a Taoiseach elected in 2011 with a mandate for change so huge he could have done anything, leaves having altered little.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Politics has a clear set of goals in theory but is a paradox in practice. Political language, as George Orwell noted, is “to give an appearance of sol(...)

Plans to move the maternity hospital from Holles Street to St Vincent’s were delayed by 18 months due to a row over governance. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The expected bill for moving the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) has jumped by €150 million due to the cost of locating it in St Vincent’s hospital,(...)

Experience of previous health ministers has been that they have a period when people remark that they are trying to do things, before that gives way to questioning if they have done anything. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It is a myth that health is a graveyard of political careers. In the last two and a half decades, Brendan Howlin, Michael Noonan, Brian Cowen and Mich(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said 194 spinal procedures would be carried out, significantly more than last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The new theatre to treat scoliosis at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin will open in April, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said. He sa(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris marks the commencement of phase one of construction of the new children’s hospital at St James’s. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

For quarter of a century, the plan to create a single super-hospital in Dublin fit for the nation’s sick children has filled those involved in health (...)

Dr James Reilly:  “I apologise. It is nobody else’s fault but myself.  I put my hands up. I forgot to give a receipt.”   Photograph: Alan Betson

Fine Gael deputy leader James Reilly has been referred to gardaí by the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo). The State ethics watchdog confir(...)

Simon Harris: the question is whether he  wants to stay in Health for invevitable  battles, or escape as others have in the past. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ask most people around Leinster House what they think of Simon Harris, and the same adjectives usually flow: clever, ambitious, hardworking and compet(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris finds himself exactly where others have before: apologising for a system that does not work. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is often the deepest mid-winter when a familiar, lingering crisis arrives on to the political agenda once again. Trolleys pile up on corridors j(...)

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