Reilly's colleagues no longer trust him: Eamon Ryan
on 02/09/2012 12:31:25
The Sunday Business Post reports that the Labour Party are angry that Health Minister James Reilly did not consult Cabinet before the HSE announced €130m in health cuts this week.
Meanwhile, The Sunday Independent reports that Fine Gael are annoyed by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin's decision to abandon a plan to cut €75m in allowances and payments to public sector staff.
Leader of the Green Party Eamon Ryan, with the benefit of first-hand experience, said spats such as these can topple governments.
"You don't want to be on the front page of newspapers every day," he said. "That's where things start to go wrong, because your colleages are getting heat from that; your constituency phone is ringing; you've got people ringing you and you don't have an answer (for them).
"It's much more difficult for a Minister to get things done if your colleages don't trust you. I would imagine now that (James Reilly's) Fine Gael colleagues, and certainly Labour, do not trust him."