The memo and all the unasked questions

Everyone’s asking where accountability should lie for this crisis. But much of the confusion could have been avoided if Harris and his officials had done their homework properly

6th May, 2018

Simon Harris was in a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe on a Monday evening, April 16, when a memo was sent through from one of his officials entitled: “CervicalCheck: Patient claim following a diagnosis of cervical cancer.”

It was a busy time for the Minister for Health. He had a further Fine Gael meeting that evening and a cabinet meeting the following morning. It was Tuesday evening, April...

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