The Minister for Health, Dr James O’Reilly TD, was lambasted at a meeting of North Tipperary County Council this week over his refusal to meet a deputation from the county to discuss bed closures, stating that he was too busy.
The Fine Gael Minister came under heavy fire arising out of a letter from the Department of Health to the council members, turning down the request for a meeting.
And, the council chamber itself descended into chaos as accusation and counter-accusation flew across the floor while Mayor Micheal Lowry tried to maintain control. However, having intervened in the spat, he too was subjected to abuse as members from all sides of the political divide got in on the act - Cllr Pauline Coonan and her husband Deputy Noel Coonan being on the receiving end of much of the mud slinging.
Describing Minister O’Reilly’s actions as “high handed, insulting, scandalous and arrogant” councillors demanded that a further letter be sent to the department outlining their outrage at the response. Cllr Jim Casey also lashed local TD’s who were unable to agree on a date to meet and said that he was horrified to hear that the cardiologist in Nenagh Hospital is to be withdrawn.
See story in this week’s Tipperary Star