BREAKING: Chief medical officer will not take up new job at Trinity College

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Tony Holohan has decided not to proceed with his secondment to Trinity College.

The Limerick man was recently embroiled in controversy with news on March 25 that he would be accepting a secondment as Professor of Public Health Leadership and Strategy at Trinity College Dublin.

Public and media scrutiny has focused on his salary of €187,000 a year, to be paid by the Department of Health.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has called for a pause and reassessment around the secondment, with the government due to receive a report on the process next week.

However, today Dr. Holohan released the following statement:

“I intend to retire as CMO effective July 1 to allow sufficient time for the Department of Health to move forward with the process of appointing my successor.

“I do not wish the controversy of the past few days to continue. In particular, I wish to avoid any further unnecessary distractions this has caused to our senior politicians and officials.”

He said he was “strongly convinced” that the secondment was an “important opportunity” to work with the academic sector to develop “much-needed public health capacity and leadership for the future”.

In his statement, he thanked Trinity College and the Provost for their foresight and support in establishing this role.

“After my departure, I look forward to sharing my knowledge and expertise outside the public service,” he concluded.