The public is considered “proper scapegoats” against the Ministry of Health, which paid Dr. Tony Holohan is paying, while it must also pay for a new chief medical officer, the Dáil has been told.
Independent TD Mattie McGrath addressed the issue after Taoiseach Micheál Martin previously told the media that he was unfamiliar with the terms of the process by which the taxpayer will foot the bill for Mr Holohan’s new academic post at Trinity College.
It came as the chief medical officer told the Oireachtas health committee that he could only appear before it to outline the reasons for the current public health advice after the Easter break.
The committee has also written to the Department of Health for clarity on the secondment of Dr. Holohan to Trinity after the Irish Independent announced that the public purse will pay for Mr Holohan’s professorship in public health and fund his replacement.
dr Holohan announced last month that he was stepping down from his position as CMO to assume a new role as Professor of Public Health Strategy and Leadership at TCD.
The Taoiseach told the Dáil today that he had “no hand, action or role” in delegating Dr. have holohan
It came after Mr McGrath raised the issue with Mr Martin in the Dáil.
“Isn’t it evidence of a cozy cartel or a two or three class society – where people have to try to survive and yet for Dr. Holohan do your old friend?” he asked.
“He (Dr. Holohan) goes to Trinity College and gets paid well, but the public is waiting for all kinds of treatments – cancer, orthodontics, whatever,” added Mr. McGrath.
“This kind of money must also be paid to his successor. They think the public is the real scapegoat. It’s the only thing they aren’t. Show them some respect and stop this duplication and scandalous waste of money.”
The Taoiseach said he was “unfamiliar with the arrangements between the Department of Health and Trinity.”
He said he “in one way or another does not appear to have been involved in the Department of Health’s decision to create this post to send the CMO there on public health and pandemic preparedness.”
He said Mr. McGrath’s personalization of the matter between him and Dr. Holohan should be retired.
“I had no hand, action, or involvement in it.”
Meanwhile, Sinn Féin health spokesman David Cullinane said it was “quite bizarre” that Dr.
The Dáil will go on hiatus later this week and will not return until the week beginning April 25. The committee has requested that Deputy CMO Ronan Glynn appear before members as an urgency to answer questions about the current public health advice.
Mr Cullinane has also asked that the committee write to the Department of Health for clarity on the secondment of Dr. Get Holohan to Trinity.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/stop-this-double-jobbing-scandalous-waste-of-money-taoiseach-attacked-in-dail-over-cmos-187000-trinity-college-salary-41523606.html ‘Stop this scandalous waste of money working double jobs’ – Taoiseach attacked in Dáil over Trinity College CMO’s €187,000 salary