Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín has made it clear that Aontú will support the forthcoming motion of no confidence in Simon Harris as Minister for Health when the Dáil resumes next week.

An Teachta Tóibín TD stated:

“Simon Harris’ record is clear. He has been at the helm of the Irish health system since 2016 and hundreds of thousands of Irish people are suffering pain, serious immobility and damaging long-term ill health as a direct result of the crumbling Irish health system and the confused maladministration of Simon Harris.

“Just this week, there was a record-breaking 760 patients on A&E hospital trolleys waiting for treatment.

“Other patients continue to wait indefinitely for surgery and treatment. The case of 7-year-old Tommy Kinsella is an indictment of Simon Harris’ tenure as minister. For the eighth time, Tommy’s heart surgery has been deferred. The fact that what is happening to young children like Tommy is in many ways routine across the health service means that there can be no doubt that Simon Harris has to go.

“People are continuing to sign the Aontú petition calling for Simon Harris’ resignation. I will be voting in favour of the Rural Independents’ motion of no confidence in Simon Harris.”

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