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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