Junior health minister denies threat to resign over cuts

Kathleen Lynch

Junior health minister Kathleen Lynch has denied that she threatened to quit her job over cost-cutting.

It had been reported in recent weeks that Minister Lynch, who has special responsibility for mental health services, made the threat at a meeting with the Health Minister, Taoiseach and Tánaiste.

But during questioning on mental health services from Fianna Fáil's Billy Kelleher in the Dáil this morning, she declared it did not happen.

"I suppose now we better start now with the last fantasy and deal with that - I never threatened to resign," she said.

"I never would, and that's not what I do.

"I have a job to do and I intend to do it - despite the fact that there is so much opposition in relation to division for change and it's implementation."

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