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Questions Again Being Raised on the Actions of James Reilly.


Cato

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A report in the Irish Examiner today on the clean out of the membership of the Hepatitis C/HIV Compensation Tribunal.

The Department of Health has denied party political considerations are factors in a process set to see 13 new members appointed to the 15-person board in a radical change-over poised to cost the taxpayer €130,000 in "golden hello" fees.



In another unusual move, Mr Reilly has not yet officially told many of the outgoing members their contracts were not being renewed — with four of them only learning of the fact when contacted by the Irish Examiner with details supplied by the department.
The paper raised the issue of whether or not party political considerations played a part in the clear out but this was denied. Billy Kelleher has stated that he intends raising it in the Dáil.

It does seem unusual to replace a tribunal whose members seem to have been performing well. Once again, Reilly appears at the centre of a story concern decisions that just don't seem 'right'. There may well be a perfectly reasonable explanation for this and we'll see what explanation Reilly gives in the Dáil - he is taking oral questions on Thursday.
 


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The FG cabinet are a bunch of cowboys, they really are.

Enda Kenny has lost the run of them because he's too beholding to then for support during the leadership challenge(s) and giving them a very, very, long lead.

As the OP says - there may well be a very good reason for it, but I doubt it'll be the right reason and we'll never know about it because he'll be allowed waffle on for 10 mins say nothing and leave the Dail and the country none the wiser.

All he's missing is the Stetson and spurs.
 

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These are the current board members:

Ms. Karen O’Driscoll SC, Chairperson
Ms Bridget Barry Barrister-at-Law
Ms Mary Cantrell, Solicitor
Mr James Devlin, Barrister-at-Law
Ms Karen Fergus, Senior Counsel
Ms Rachel Murphy, Barrister-at-Law
Ms Anne Rowland Barrister-at-Law
Mr Dara Hayes Barrister-at-Law
Ms Deirdre Hegarty, Solicitor
Mr David Martin, Solicitor
Ms Una McGurk, Senior Counsel
Ms Ann O'Neill Solicitor
Ms Diane Duggan Barrister-at-Law
Ms Kathryn Hutton, Barrister-at-Law

Do they all need to be legal types ? Is that a prerequisite for this kind of thing ?
 

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These are the current board members:

Ms. Karen O’Driscoll SC, Chairperson
Ms Bridget Barry Barrister-at-Law
Ms Mary Cantrell, Solicitor
Mr James Devlin, Barrister-at-Law
Ms Karen Fergus, Senior Counsel
Ms Rachel Murphy, Barrister-at-Law
Ms Anne Rowland Barrister-at-Law
Mr Dara Hayes Barrister-at-Law
Ms Deirdre Hegarty, Solicitor
Mr David Martin, Solicitor
Ms Una McGurk, Senior Counsel
Ms Ann O'Neill Solicitor
Ms Diane Duggan Barrister-at-Law
Ms Kathryn Hutton, Barrister-at-Law

Do they all need to be legal types ? Is that a prerequisite for this kind of thing ?
You would expect to see a couple of doctors on a medical compensation board and maybe an accountant or two.
 

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Yeah you'd expect an insurance rep and accountant to be there. Not sure what a doctor would bring to the table.
 

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One of the reasons I have such an intense dislike of Reilly is that he took me in with his crocodile tears about the victims of this outrage.
 

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These are the current board members:

Ms. Karen O’Driscoll SC, Chairperson
Ms Bridget Barry Barrister-at-Law
Ms Mary Cantrell, Solicitor
Mr James Devlin, Barrister-at-Law
Ms Karen Fergus, Senior Counsel
Ms Rachel Murphy, Barrister-at-Law
Ms Anne Rowland Barrister-at-Law
Mr Dara Hayes Barrister-at-Law
Ms Deirdre Hegarty, Solicitor
Mr David Martin, Solicitor
Ms Una McGurk, Senior Counsel
Ms Ann O'Neill Solicitor
Ms Diane Duggan Barrister-at-Law
Ms Kathryn Hutton, Barrister-at-Law

Do they all need to be legal types ? Is that a prerequisite for this kind of thing ?
There also seems to be a gender imbalance amongst the members of the tribunal with only three of the fourteen members being male.
 

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it's a manhunt! fine gael must hold its nerve! :roll:
 

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These are the current board members:

Ms. Karen O’Driscoll SC, Chairperson
Ms Bridget Barry Barrister-at-Law
Ms Mary Cantrell, Solicitor
Mr James Devlin, Barrister-at-Law
Ms Karen Fergus, Senior Counsel
Ms Rachel Murphy, Barrister-at-Law
Ms Anne Rowland Barrister-at-Law
Mr Dara Hayes Barrister-at-Law
Ms Deirdre Hegarty, Solicitor
Mr David Martin, Solicitor
Ms Una McGurk, Senior Counsel
Ms Ann O'Neill Solicitor
Ms Diane Duggan Barrister-at-Law
Ms Kathryn Hutton, Barrister-at-Law

Do they all need to be legal types ? Is that a prerequisite for this kind of thing ?
Well....we have too many lawyers in this country...so we have to find work for them.

Continuing a tradition that seen Brian Cowen, Brian Lenihan, Willie O'Dea in charge of portfolios they had no clue about.
 

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ger12

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The FG cabinet are a bunch of cowboys, they really are.

Enda Kenny has lost the run of them because he's too beholding to then for support during the leadership challenge(s) and giving them a very, very, long lead.

As the OP says - there may well be a very good reason for it, but I doubt it'll be the right reason and we'll never know about it because he'll be allowed waffle on for 10 mins say nothing and leave the Dail and the country none the wiser.

All he's missing is the Stetson and spurs.
They're lead by a cowboy and his deputies but there are FG members in cabinet who don't truly fit that description. Awful pity Enda and his cronies survived.
 

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Will this be another opportunity for Labour to suck it up?

At this rate all that will be left of the LP is the name.
 

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A report in the Irish Examiner today on the clean out of the membership of the Hepatitis C/HIV Compensation Tribunal.



The paper raised the issue of whether or not party political considerations played a part in the clear out but this was denied. Billy Kelleher has stated that he intends raising it in the Dáil.

It does seem unusual to replace a tribunal whose members seem to have been performing well. Once again, Reilly appears at the centre of a story concern decisions that just don't seem 'right'. There may well be a perfectly reasonable explanation for this and we'll see what explanation Reilly gives in the Dáil - he is taking oral questions on Thursday.
Any information re the lucky chaps and ladies who have replaced the current tribunal members? To date FG/Lab have been generous indeed in "supporting" party supporters.
 

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Yeah you'd expect an insurance rep and accountant to be there. Not sure what a doctor would bring to the table.
Medical knowledge perhaps?? I don't know many legal eagles, accountants and insurance reps who have a great knowledge of matters medical.
 

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What needs to be stressed here is that this decision, taken for no good reason going on the lack of any complaints concerning the current tribunal, is going to cost the state €130,000 in golden hello money. Why incur this cost? Why disrupt the work of the tribunal by bringing in new people?
 

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The man's a liability pure and simple; will he survive Christmas?
 

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What needs to be stressed here is that this decision, taken for no good reason going on the lack of any complaints concerning the current tribunal, is going to cost the state €130,000 in golden hello money. Why incur this cost? Why disrupt the work of the tribunal by bringing in new people?
A cynic might suggest it is to route State money to Reilly/FG/LAB friends.

Glad I'm not a cynic
 

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A cynic might suggest it is to route State money to Reilly/FG/LAB friends.

Glad I'm not a cynic
I'm glad you're not too but it does make you think of rashers.
 

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