11/28/2007

Harney's head should roll!

I have followed the deepening crisis in the Irish health service with a great degree of anger and unease.

One can not help but feel for these poor women who have had their lives torn apart by the utter incompetence of doctors, the HSE, Mary Harney and lastly the Irish government.



These women and their families have had to deal with this cruel situation because nobody in the establishment or the health service has a pair of balls. Nobody has the guts to take responsibility for their actions.

Doctors pass the blame upstairs to the management, the management blame the HSE and the HSE blame the government.

Bertie Ahern lacks the balls to sack the Minister for Health, something that would happen in any other country under the current circumstances. The fact remains though that in Irish society nobody falls on their sword, their is a total abdication of responsibility.

Mary Harney is now facing a vote of no confidence, I personally have no confidence in that vote.

Sinn Féin, Fine Gael and the Labour party will be pushing for her resignation but I don't have much hope.

The Green party have sold their soul to this arrangement and even though they know she is incompetent they will not wield the knife, we will see no Et tu, Brute? moment from that shower.

We then have the quite ironic position of many of the so-called "independents". As most come from the Fianna Fáiler gene pool we will see no independence of conviction from them. How will Finian McGrath vote on this one?

Many Finna Fáil back benchers believe she should be sacked but Haughyism has returned to Fianna Fáil in the form of Bertie's SS enforcer Tom Kitt.

As Chief Whip he has enforced a three line whip and said that any back bencher who fails to vote or who votes against Mary Harney will face expulsion from the Brown Envelope Brigade aka Fianna Fáil.

Bertie has rejected calls for TD's to be allowed a free vote. This comes after rebel TD Ned O'Keeffe called on Harney to resign.

Mr O'Keeffe said: "I think Mary Harney should resign. This is a more serious issue. It's a matter of life and death [that] is involved for many unfortunate female persons across the island of Ireland."

The Cork East TD has been a pain in Bertie's side and failed to turn up for last months no confidence vote in the Taoiseach.

How are these sheep in Fianna Fáil going to face their constituents after they vote in favour of Harney?? Is there a backbone amongst them?

The HSE was created by Fianna Fáil as a buffer between them and the public to hide their failure, despite large sums of money being invested, to transform the health service.

Mary Harney is not interested in creating a better health service for all, she is intent on creating a better one for the rich as evidenced by co-location.

If you are poor, indeed even if you are what is described as "comfortable", and unwell then the message from this government is a big "Fuck you!"

No more room at the inn!

UPDATE: Harney survives vote of No-Confidence by 83 votes to 73 and Fianna Fáil TD Ned O'Keefe resigned the party whip and in effect from the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party in protest over the crisis.

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