Dr Ronan Glynn resigns as deputy chief medical officer ‘to take a role with EY consultants’

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn has resigned from his post, the Department of Health has confirmed.

In a brief statement, the department said it “can confirm that Dr. Ronan Glynn has resigned as Deputy Chief Medical Officer effective May 31, 2022.”

It is understood that Dr Glynn is leaving the public service to take up a role in the private sector with the consulting firm EY and its team of health advisers.

There was speculation last month that Dr Glynn would follow Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan, who is leaving public service on July 1, in leaving the Department of Health after two years at the center of the state’s response to Covid-19.

Dr Glynn served as acting chief medical officer twice during 2020 and 2021, while Dr Holohan was on compassionate leave.

Dr Glynn’s departure is the latest in a series of departures of figures involved in the state’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including HSE Chief Operating Officer Anne O’Connor, who took the post of managing director of VHI Health and Wellbeing, a subsidiary of the insurer.

His resignation takes effect the day before Dr. Holohan leaves the public service.

The CMO was due to move to an academic role at Trinity College Dublin this summer, but the change was scrapped following controversy over how the indefinite secondment would be funded.

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