This appeared in an article by Gene Kerrigan recently:
Yes, it’s time for my favourite Brendan Howlin quote again. I may have this tattooed on my forehead.
After Brendan spent two years as Minister for Health, the reality of what his government was doing dawned on him. In order to maximise the private health insurance market, the government “really required the public system to be inferior”, explained Brendan. “Why else, if it was first rate, would people pay for a private system?”