Retired Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan, who has been at the center of controversy over a proposed academic post at Trinity College Dublin, has been in talks for a professorship at University College Dublin (UCD) since the spring, it has emerged.
In an unexpected announcement yesterday, UCD said that Dr. Holohan, who resigned from the Department of Health last Friday, has been appointed full associate professor of public health and agricultural sciences at the university.
The position, which he is expected to hold for up to five years, is unpaid, as is usual for a private lecturer.
A spokeswoman for UCD said yesterday: “Prof. Holohan has been in a relationship for many years and is a highly respected university alumnus. Dialogue regarding his appointment as guest or alderman has been ongoing since spring and was finalized this week.”
The appointment is made given the size of Dr. Holohan seen as a significant win for UCD.
It follows controversy over his proposed appointment to an academic post as professor of public health strategy at Trinity earlier this year, which became embroiled in controversy after it was revealed he would remain an employee of the Department of Health and take his salary of €187,000 would – which Health Secretary Stephen Donnelly was unaware of at the time.
It emerged that the Secretary-General of the Department of Health, Robert Watt, had written to Trinity in March promising €2million a year in funding to support the post.
When Taoiseach Micheál Martin ordered a recess in early April to gather a report on the trial, Dr. Holohan announced that he will not be taking up the Trinity post and will retire in July.
dr Holohan tweeted yesterday that he was “delighted” with his UCD appointment on a pro bono basis. He added, “I have great plans to add value to the role and find other interesting things to do.”
dr Expected to be open to other offerings outside of academia, Holohan has established a professional email account.
The Oireachtas Health Committee had previously heard that Dr. Holohan had indicated that he would step down from his post in August 2021, but due to Covid-19 he only started talks with universities around February. UCD said the associate professor post is for high achievers “who have been recognized by peers as outstanding in their field”.
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