Does anyone remember Mary "Mad Cow" Harney?


She's the lump of lard that single-handedly managed to destroy our health services.  Her brilliant idea of efficiency was to close hospitals left right and centre, concentrating on the few remaining and turning them into her so called "centres of excellence".  The concept was that all the relevant experts were housed in one hospital.  The practical result was that if you suffered from some ailment, you had to travel to the far end of the country to get treatment.  It was an unmitigated fucking disaster.

If she had been working for a private company she would have been sacked in the first week for sheer incompetence.

The best thing she ever did for the health service was to be unceremoniously fucked out of office at the last election.

Apparently she is still around.

Here is a list of her current jobs –

  • European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations [board member]
  • AMBER [chairwoman]
  • Diona [board member?]
  • Euro Insurances [director]
  • Ward Biotech [director]
  • Ward Research & Development [director]
  • 60 Minute Innovation [board member]
  • Hospice Foundation of Ireland [director]
  • Vital Voices [board member]
  • Biocon [board member]

While most of would be contented with one job, this trough feeder has to have at least ten.

I would assume she is being paid handsomely for her services?

So why am I paying taxes to fund her state pension of over €120,000 every year?

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The ultimate bottom feeder — 12 Comments

  1. Looking at that profitable little list of hand-outs, I'd have thought more of a centre of excrement than a centre of excellence.

    Do youse fellas have one of those government committees whose sole job is to draw up a list of likely candidates for government consultative committees and the like?

    If it's anything like ours, a nice non-executive board membership for a private company to a soon-to-retire civil servant or politico, or vice versa for a past-his-sell-by-date business executive, goes a lot further than 'irrelevant' things like qualifications, direct experience or just giving a flying one for the problem.

    • A couple of months ago we had record numbers of people [over 600] lying on trollies in Emergency Departments waiting for beds.  Now they have released figures for those waiting for out-patient care – over 400,000.  The UK equivalent [assuming Ireland = 4 million and UK = 64 million] would be 9,600 on trollies and 6,400,000 waiting for treatment.  This is the state of our "health" service largely down to Harney.

      And now she's wallowing on the boards of a load of health related firms?  The mind boggles.

  2. In Oz which is a true asylum unlike the yellow brick road version there are morons a plenty…

    “We’re a free country, and we’re for free society, but that doesn’t mean you get to take taxpayers’ money if you don’t want to go along with the rules.”
    Social Services Minister Scott Morrison

    Ye gods people really do go out and vote which allows these morons (this one and the one above) to fuck things up, just stop it… for fucks sake stop it.

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