Press Release, Thursday 27th September 2012

The Minister for Health Dr James Reilly TD has welcomed the announcement of the nomination of Alex White TD as a Minister of State in the Department of Health.

Minister Reilly looks forward to working with Alex White and Minister Kathleen Lynch in the major task of reform of the health services.

Minister Reilly also paid tribute to Róisín Shortall "whose commitment to the betterment of the health services was clear".

Minister Reilly thanked Ms Shortall for the considerable amount of hard work she had undertaken.

Minister Reilly expressed a confidence that the new team in the Department would do its best to progress that hard work, especially Róisín Shortall's initiatives aimed at dealing with the great difficulties associated with alcohol abuse in Irish society.