Dr Tony Holohan has returned to work as Chief Medical Officer 2 weeks ago

Dr Tony Holohan has returned to work as Chief Medical Officer

He returned to work on Monday and will be easing back into public appearances.

The State’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has returned to work after taking time off following the death of his wife Dr Emer Feely in February.


According to the Department of Health, Dr Holohan returned to work on Monday.

“I can confirm that Dr Holohan returned to work yesterday," a spokesperson for the Department of Health said on Tuesday.

The State’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn has been filling in for Dr Holohan as Acting Chief Medical Officer in recent months.

The CMO is responsible for providing secretarial support to NPHET in response to the Covid-19 pandemic

Dr Holohan's wife Dr Feely had been battling a terminal form of blood cancer, multiple myeloma, since 2012.

She died peacefully at Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross, Dublin, in February in the company of her husband and their children, Clodagh and Ronan

Dr Holohan also took time out of work last summer to take care of his wife after she entered palliative care in early July. He then returned to his duties in October.


Following the announcement of her death, several politicians, including Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly all released statements offering their condolences to the family.