Tony O’Brien: He got his wish to keep his job in health, but now Donnelly must produce results

Lengthening waiting lists, record high trolley counts and too few healthcare staff are just some of the problems that the minister needs to deal with urgently

Stephen Donnelly: it is important that the Minister for Health now makes the most of his mandate and drives forward reform on all fronts. Picture: Fergal Phillips

The year draws to a close with Stephen Donnelly having secured his immediate objective of remaining Minister for Health for the second half of the government’s term.

As he made clear in interviews and a podcast with the Business Post recently, he really wanted to keep the job, and has clearly articulated his ambitions to achieve much more on reappointment than his Covid-19-dominated first period of office permitted.

Donnelly’s lack of Fianna Fáil roots meant ...