Health Tapes

Remarks by DoH officials on leaked recordings ‘an assault on competence of HSE board’, says Finlay

Department of Health official amends letter of regret to include apology for ‘not appropriate or thought-out’ comments

Fergus Finlay: the HSE board member described Department of Health officials’ comments as ‘sneers, not factual criticisms’ and said they were ‘deeply unprofessional’. Picture: Leah Farrell/

“Gratuitous” comments made by Department of Health officials were described as an “assault on the professional competence, judgement and diligence” of the HSE board.

The claim was made by Fergus Finlay, a high-profile member of the board, following a series of revelations contained in the Business Post’s health tapes reports earlier this year.

In a terse email sent to fellow board members on the Sunday that the story was published, Finlay described the officials’ comments ...