Years after he was murdered Lee Harvey Oswald’s final interview with police would spark multitudes of conspiracy theories. Was he a patsy as he claimed or simply a mad man with a contorted vision for his country.
To the same degree I wonder about our young minister for health, mocked on social media as "Posh Boy" he has found himself in a position that most politicians would consider a poisoned chalice, leading a department plagued with legacy issues.
Is he a patsy in all this or simply a naive freshman with insufficient managerial experience, insufficient experience at negotiating with unions, and insufficient experience at running a department of government.
I've no doubt Simon is a nice young lad who means well. My own opinion is that he focused on delivering a landmark victory for the abortion referendum and the subsequent negotiations to ensure it was enacted, so much so that he's taken his energy away from running the department. Just my own thoughts, it's a tough job, he hasn't tried to lay blame on anyone else for the spiraling bill and cost to the taxpayer, and he's come out to apologize for previous statements which may have been misleading to the Dail.
I suppose the question we have to ask ourselves is do we accept his apology and move on, do we accept this cop out, or do we hold him accountable for the full responsibility of his department.
Personally I think that there is little room for apprenticeships at the head of the Department of Health and he should resign to save face, but ultimately there should be a vote of no confidence in him given the financial implications of his mistakes.