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TD says it’s “time to dump Donnelly and deliver political accountability”

Independent TD Carol Nolan has said that the position of the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly is no longer credible and that in the interests of political accountability he should resign or be relieved of his position by the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.

The Laois-Offaly TD said she will be exploring her options with respect to bringing forward a no confidence motion on the matter at the earliest opportunity:

“The anger that I am encountering from people about the current omni-crises is palpable and visceral in a way that I have not seen for some time,” said Deputy Nolan.

“We are all aware of the recent scandals relating to record trolley numbers, delayed treatment, exhausted staff, overcrowded and inhumane A&E facilities.”

“But parallel to this we have also seen under his watch a near total collapse in the public dental and orthodontic care system with an exodus of dentists from the medical card scheme and a disgraceful lack of engagement by the department that Minister Donnelly oversees with the Irish Dental Association.”

“Then we have the ongoing failure of Minister Donnelly to establish an independent inquiry into the scandal surrounding the historical licensing and use of the anti-epileptic and Bipolar treatment drug sodium valproate (Epilim) in Ireland.”

“This is despite the fact that he promised the families impacted that he would do so in November of 2020 following a meeting with representatives from Epilepsy Ireland and the Organisation for Anti-Convulsant Syndrome (OACS) Ireland. Indeed, I raised this matter during Leaders Questions in October, 2021.”

“At every turn, from adult and child respite to children’s disability networks, there is an overwhelming sense of crisis. Yet those in positions of political leadership continue to brazen it out. It would not be tolerated in any other walk of life.”

“The Irish people deserve to see genuine political accountability. If Minister Donnelly does not act to provide this, then steps must be taken to demand it from him by the head of Government or the Dáil itself,” Deputy Nolan concluded.

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