Today Tony O'Brien was appointed the new Director General of the HSE by The Minister for Health James Reilly. Mr O'Brien was previously the Chief Executive of the Irish Family Planning Association and a leading campaigner for abortion in Ireland.
Commenting on the Minister for Health’s latest appointment Cora Sherlock, Deputy Chairperson of the Pro Life Campaign, said:
“Ever since the Clare Daly Bill on abortion, Minister Reilly has been effectively relying on the speaking notes of the pro-abortion movement rather than defending Fine Gael’s pre-election pro-life commitments.
Now he has appointed someone as Director General of the HSE who has spent most of his career campaigning for abortion on demand in Ireland. The political message sent by this appointment is unmistakable. Whether it’s the issue or the optics, clearly Minister Reilly doesn’t get it.
Of more concern, however, to pro-life supporters is the manner in which the Expert Group process initiated by the Minister is descending into farce.
Both Minister Reilly and Minister of State Kathleen Lynch have already made public statements pre-empting its findings and it will come as no surprise if it reports back with a narrow list of options all advocating abortion. If this happens, it will have nothing to do with women’s health or the right to life and everything to do with politics.”