- Jul 6, 2007
Health Minister Simon Harris has reignited his ambition to be Taoiseach and talked-up his career achievements to date in an interview with a prestigious Brussels-based news outlet.
Hard to know where to begin. Most people who have a minuscule of emotional intelligence would know when to speak and when to shut up. Until Simon Harris can prove he's not on the spectrum himself I think ideas of becoming Taoiseach any time this century should stay well out of his head."Certainly, if you manage the Department of Health, I suppose it shows your abilities to take on a big role in government," Mr Harris told journalist Carmen Paun.
The interview as part of a largely glowing profile that is likely to set tongues wagging in Irish political circles during the quiet summer period with the Dáil in recess.
Mr Harris also touted some of his achievements to date including the 2018 referendum on abortion, the introduction of tough laws to crackdown on alcohol abuse, negotiating prices for cystic fibrosis drugs and agreeing on the cross-party Sláintecare plan to overhaul the health service.
“I’m now at the ripe old age of 32, one of the longest-serving health ministers in the EU, which is kind of interesting, in a minority government,” he said.
Grotesque, bordering criminal incompetence managing spending on the Children's Hospital should keep him from ever becoming Taoiseach. (Amongst other failings)