Reilly's primary care centre controversy rumbles on

Minister for Health James Reilly’s addition of two towns in his own constituency – Balbriggan and Swords – to a list of primary care centres is still causing controversy, two weeks after this story broke. Despite rounds of questioning in the Dáil and long media outings by Minister Reilly, we are no clearer now on how they got on the list and what criteria were used to compile the list. By Sara Burke.

There is a government commitment to develop primary care centres (PCCs). There are three ways of funding those centres –

James Reilly's many advisers

Minister for Health James Reilly is over his quota of ministerial advisers and without any specific expertise in his priority area of health reform – universal health insurance. Martin Connor, Reilly’s most senior special adviser, was appointed last June for six months and in December signed a three-year contract worth €480,000.

Uphill struggle ahead for Reilly

How has Dr James Reilly fared during his first term as Minister for Health? Sara Burke reviews.

The political season has ended and James Reilly's speech to the MacGill summer school was upbeat, but immense challenges face him now and when the autumn season begins. At the 28 July meeting of the newly formed HSE board, many hard facts were tabled for discussion.