Tony O’Brien’s forced exit was about politics, not accountability

A ‘someone has to go’ sacking is not the same as holding people and structures to account

11th November, 2018
Tony O’Brien, former HSE director general and Simon Harris, Minister for Health Picture: Rollingnews

In reply to the harsh personal criticism of the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, by former HSE director general Tony O’Brien in the interview which was published in last week’s Sunday Business Post, the minister said: “I will make no apology for holding people accountable.” Harris was referring to O’Brien’s premature exit from his job.

The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, followed up, saying: “He said himself...

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