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Review of the year: No clean bill of health as challenges grow

2013 turned out to be a less difficult year for Minister for Health James Reilly than 2012 had been, but there were plenty of fresh controversies to ensure that he remains an embattled politician under severe pressure, writes Susan Mitchell.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

29th December, 2013
Dr James Reilly, Minister for Health. Picture: Collins

Fewer controversies dogged Minister for Health James Reilly in 2013 than in 2012 when the last-minute inclusion of two locations in his constituency on a list of primary care centres, his naming in Stubbs Gazette and the resignation of his junior minister Roisin Shortall resulted in a deeply difficult year for Fine Gael's deputy leader.

A recent tracking poll carried out for this newspaper (in October) will have given a considerable boost to the health minister -...

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