Taoiseach ‘dis­ap­pointed’ by de­ci­sion

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THE Taoiseach Brian Cowen has ex­pressed his dis­ap­pointed at the res­ig­na­tion of Wick­low TD Deputy Joe Be­han.

‘I am dis­ap­pointed,’ said the Taoiseach, ‘Joe came to such a very big de­ci­sion without con­sult­ing with me or giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to do so. On a per­sonal level I felt dis­ap­pointed.’

When asked if there was any­way for Deputy Be­han to re­turn to Fianna Fáil the Taoiseach failed to give a straight an­swer say­ing that Deputy Be­han had not given any in­di­ca­tion of want­ing to.

Fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of Deputy Be­han and an un­prece­dented level of out­rage within Fianna Fáil, the Taoiseach has con­firmed a ma­jor climb­down on the is­sue of au­to­matic en­ti­tle­ment to a med­i­cal card for the over 70s.

He an­nounced yes­ter­day that the plan will not go ahead as stated in last Tues­day’s Bud­get.

At this point the Taoiseach has said that there will be a means test and the au­to­matic right to a med­i­cal card for all over 70s is gone, but the in­come thresh­olds won’t be the same as was set out last week.

Since his res­ig­na­tion the first-time back bencher, Deputy Be­han, has re­it­er­ated his ad­mi­ra­tion and re­spect for the Taoiseach.

‘I have great ad­mi­ra­tion for his abil­ity, his in­tegrity and his pa­tri­o­tism. But I feel that he has got it wrong on this oc­ca­sion.’

An Taoiseach Brian Cowen with Min­is­ter Noel Dempsey.

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