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Why is the Department of Health paying Dr Tony Holohan's wages?

Apr 7, 2022 08:04 By News Northern Sound
Why is the Department of Health paying Dr Tony Holohan's wages? Why is the Department of Health paying Dr Tony Holohan's wages?
Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan
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'Clarify needed on who signed-off on plans to continue paying Dr Holohan's salary despite him moving to a new job'

The Health Minister needs to clarify who signed-off on plans to continue paying Tony Holohan's salary despite him moving to a new job.

The Chief Medical Officer is to become a professor at Trinity College Dublin, in what it describes as an "open-ended secondment".

However the Department of Health will continue to pay his €187,000 wage.

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Sinn Fein's health spokesperson, David Cullinane, says the whole situation is "very odd":

"Under questioning yesterday at the health committee by myself and others, the head of the health department Robert Watt accepted this was a permanent departure," continued Deputy Cullinane.

"So this cannot be seen as a secondment.

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"Why is the Department of Health paying Dr Holohan's wages?

"I wish him well but if he is leaving the Department of Health and taking up a position in Trinity College then Trinity College should be paying his salary."

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