Council Confidence Motion In Simon Harris Is Delayed Once More

Clare County Councillors have again deferred a vote in a motion of no confidence in Health Minister Simon Harris, amid strong signs it would be defeated.

For the third consecutive monthly meeting, local representatives were due to formally have their say on the Minister, but their discussion last evening was dominated by last week’s meeting between Simon Harris and the county’s Health Forum members.

That saw a number of commitments made in relation to local health services, although calls were made for the Department to provide the minutes of that meeting, to give certainty and clarity.


However, in the wake of this engagement, the majority of those who spoke on the matter said they wouldn’t support any motion of no confidence in Simon Harris.

As a result, the motion was again deferred by another month by Councillor James Breen who insists he still holds no confidence in the Minister.

Meanwhile, there’s been a slight dip in the level of overcrowding at the region’s main hospital, though University Hospital Limerick remains the busiest in the country.

The latest INO figures show 58 patients were left waiting for beds there this morning, 36 of those in the emergency department.

The overall figure is down from 64 yesterday, but is 14 more than the next busiest facility.