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McLoughlin eyes lotto bonanza held by Health

TONY McLOUGHLIN has his eye firmly fixed on a lotto jackpot due to be dispensed shortly by a senior member of the Government.

The Sligo TD tabled a Dail question on Thursday afternoon in the Dáil seeking full details of the 'pot.

The Minister for Health revealed that he has a discretionary, once off, fund of €3.286 million euro in health.

Large Number

Only €585,000 has been spent so far in 2016, the Minister told Deputy McLoughlin on Thursday.

So far, so good.....but the Minister added that there were ''a large number of applications.''

These are currently being assessed inside the Department of Health, Deputy McLoughlin was told. 

Said Minister Simon Harris: ''Once a decision has been made, organisations will be notified of the outcome of their application.''

The fund(s) will be paid to community and voluntary groups providing a range of health related services, explained the Minister.

Tore Strips

Earlier this week the Sligo TD was one of number of backbench TDs who exchanged cross words with another key Government member.

Mary Mitchell O'Connor, who has links to Sligo, found several party TDs unhappy with her recent output in jobs and enterprise.

The TDs and Minister were attending the weekly parliamentary party meeting of Fine  Gael.

Locally, it was strongly hinted last July that a significant number of eBay jobs could be en route to Sligo when its Dundalk operation closes next year. See link below.

One source at the Fine Gael party meeting said the TDs ''tore strips'' off the Minister. See link below

The Irish Examiner further reported that the Minister tried to leave the meeting on three or four occasions.

But such was the sustained unhappiness with her role, Minister Mitchell O'Connor stayed on to fight her party critics.

In one exchange the Minister told Deputy McLoughlin she had holidayed in Sligo and it was ''thriving.''

Link: See also Sligo Today 13/10/2016 and Sligo Today 18/7/2016.