see Irish Times report
Ireland's Minister for Health James Reilly today appointed Mr Tony O’Brien as the new Director General of the Health Service Executive (HSE). Mr O'Brien was previously the Chief Executive of the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) and is a well-known campaigner for the legalization of abortion in Ireland.
The Minister in recent weeks has been acting contrary to the pro-life commitments made by his party at the last election. This became evident during the reading of the recently defeated private members bill tabled by Clare Daly when the Minister made it clear that he was in favour of legislation for abortion
The political message being sent by Minister Reilly in appointing someone as Director General of the HSE who has spent most of his career campaigning for abortion on demand in Ireland is unmistakable.
Pro lifers are equally concerned about the setting up of the Expert Group process to report to Government on options for complying with the decision of the European Court of Human Rights in the A, B and C case and which has been undermined recently by statements from both Minister Reilly and Minister of State Kathleen Lynch which attempt to pre-empt its findings.
We appeal to Taoiseach Enda Kenny to intervene and overrule this appointment and to honour the pro-life committments made by his party at the last election