C.M.O. Dr. Tony Holohan Back At The Coalface After Personal Tragedy

Tony Holohan - CMO

The Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan has returned to work this week having stood down temporarily after the tragic passing of his wife Emer earlier this year.

Dr Emer Holohan who’d been living with a terminal form of blood cancer since 2012, died in February.

Dr Holohan has been the public face of the State’s response to the unprecedented public health emergency.

He had also previously taken time off work last summer after Emer entered palliative care in early July.

Dr Feely was a specialist in public health medicine and a medical graduate of UCD. She passed away at Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross, Dublin on February 19.

Following Dr Feely’s death, Dr Glynn again stood in for the CMO at Covid-19 press briefings and operated as acting chief medical officer in other settings.

However, the Department confirmed Dr Holohan returned to his duties on Monday and will gradually resume public appearances.

Dr Holohan became a household name at the onset of the pandemic in Ireland, largely due to his position as chair of the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet).