Lucinda Creighton: ‘Hapless’ Donnelly has failed to grasp even the smallest nettle of reform in health

The embattled minister came into office promising change, but instead it’s just more of the same

Stephen Donnelly: the Minister for Health’s leverage was greatly undermined in the run-up to budget day. Picture: Collins

The issues of health and housing proved to be the Achilles’ heel of the last government, costing it tens of thousands of votes and ensuring one of the worst election results in Fine Gael’s history.

These two issues of enormous public concern continue to plague the current government. Coupled with the pressure of upward inflation driving up the cost of living for all citizens, the government parties face an uphill battle as they face into ...