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The James Reilly Affair is nowhere near from over. Róisín Shortall may have gone, but big questions remain. How they are answered will have significant consequences for the Government, the two men at its helm and the parties they lead.

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The very public row between Minister for Health James Reilly and Minister of State with responsibility for Primary Care Roisin Shortall is about more than personalities. It is also about more than decision making processes and policy choices within the Department of Health.

At the heart of the conflict lies a contradiction that runs not only though the Department of Health but the Programme for Government and the Labour Fine Gael coalition. While Minister Shortall is likely to be the first casualty of this contradiction, the Labour Party and even the Government could become its ultimate victims.

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