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WATCH: Stephen Donnelly and Miriam O’Callaghan get into heated debate on Prime Time

Miriam O’Callaghan and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly got into a heated debate on last night’s Prime Time over Sláintecare.

The multi-billion euro Sláintecare plan is under serious strain after the resignations of executive director Laura Magahy and Chairman of the Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Committee Professor Tom Keane earlier this month.


Despite this, Stephen Donnelly said last night that Sláintecare is in fact moving faster than ever.

Asked if there was political will for Sláintecare, Donnelly said: “Not only is the political will there, but we’ve never been moving quicker on Sláintecare.”

O’Callaghan sharply followed: “I can’t take that seriously, Minister. You’ve just lost the two people running it. You cannot honestly say that you’ve never been moving as quick on it.”


“Sláintecare is owned by the entire Department [of Health] and it’s owned by the entire HSE,” Donnelly continued.

O’Callaghan countered quickly once again saying: “That’s gibberish, Minister, with respect.”

Take a look at the full exchange below:



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