James Reilly (Irish politician)
|Minister for Health|
9 March 2011
|Preceded by||Mary Coughlan|
|Deputy Leader of Fine Gael|
1 July 2010
|Preceded by||Richard Bruton|
16 August 1955 |
Lusk, County Dublin, Ireland
|Political party||Fine Gael|
|Alma mater||Royal College of Surgeons|
James Reilly (born 16 August 1955) is an Irish Fine Gael politician and medical doctor. He has been the Minister for Health since March 2011 and has also been Deputy Leader of Fine Gael since 2010. Reilly has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin North constituency since the 2007 general election.
Life and career
Reilly owns Laughton House in Moneygall, County Offaly. The stately home, which contains five reception rooms and 13 bedrooms, is hired out for weddings and christenings, while Reilly also receives tax breaks for maintaining it.
He has worked as a GP in the North County Dublin area for the past 25 years, with surgeries formerly in Lusk and Donabate. In accordance with Standards in Public Office Regulations, Reilly no longer practices as a Medical Doctor in the Lusk Practice and the Interest/Management of that practice has transferred to another local Doctor from North Dublin.
For his first official trip as Health Minister, Reilly embarked on an expedition to China. His second official trip was for a meeting on non-communicable diseases in New York City from 17–20 September 2011.
In July 2012, Reilly was named on a debt defaulters' list as owing a debt of €1.9 million together with four others on foot of a judgment which had been registered in the High Court. This was described by an opposition politician as "unprecedented" for a government minister. He was listed, as part of a group who owned shares in the plot, for failing to comply with a High Court order over the purchase of a nursing home in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, in which he had a 9% share.
Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin tabled a motion of no confidence in Reilly on 3 September 2012 after more cuts in the health service. The cuts that he proprosed to be implemented were due to the vast deficit within his department that he inherited from the last government.He says the search for savings would focus on tackling "inefficiencies and waste", such as excessive sick leave and overtime. His junior minister Róisín Shortall addressed the Dáil during this motion and did not indicate her support for him or mention his name once, though she did vote against the motion. Reilly won the vote of no confidence by 99 to 49. On 26 September 2012, Shortall resigned as Minister of State for Primary Care and her party whip giving lack of support as her reason.
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|Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Dublin North
|Minister for Health
|Party political offices|
|Deputy Leader of Fine Gael