Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan will not accept a new academic position at Trinity College Dublin and will leave public service, according to Independent.ie.
The announcement comes after several days of controversy after it emerged that Dr. Holohan would assume the new role of permanent secondment, with the Ministry of Health continuing to pay his annual salary of €187,000.
dr Holohan was due to take up a position as Professor of Public Health Strategy and Leadership at Trinity College Dublin on July 1, following an announcement two weeks ago.
As a result, it turned out that Dr. Holohan would not step down as chief medical officer, but would join Trinity on secondment while maintaining the same civil service salaries and conditions.
The nature and funding of the role had caused significant political controversy in recent days, with Public Expenditure Secretary Michael McGrath calling the arrangement “unusual”.
The Taoiseach announced on Friday that the trial would be suspended pending a report on the matter by Robert Watt, Secretary-General of the Department of Health, who signed the deputation.
Mr Watt’s report is due to be presented to the Taoiseach on Monday.
The Department of Health said Thursday that “arrangements are being made between the Department and Trinity College regarding funding for the post.”
However, it is understood that the third level facility has claimed that Dr. would not fund Holohan’s position in any way.
In a statement from the Health Ministry, Dr. Holohan: “I have decided not to continue my secondment as Professor of Public Health Leadership and Strategy at Trinity College Dublin.
“I intend to retire as CMO effective July 1 to give the Department of Health sufficient time to move forward with the process of appointing my successor.
“I don’t want the controversy of the last few days to continue. In particular, I would like to avoid our high-ranking politicians and officials being unnecessarily further distracted by this.
“I truly believe this was a significant opportunity to work with the university sector to develop much-needed public health capacity and leadership for the future. In this regard, I would like to thank Trinity College and the Provost for their foresight and support in establishing this role.
“After my departure, I look forward to passing on my knowledge and expertise outside of the public service.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/dr-tony-holohan-will-not-take-up-academic-position-at-trinity-college-dublin-and-will-leave-public-service-41537150.html dr Tony Holohan will not accept an academic position at Trinity College Dublin and will leave the civil service