Ronan Glynn resigns from Deputy Chief Medical Officer role
Another high-ranking member of NPHET departs.
Ronan Glynn, one of the leading healthcare figures in Ireland throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, has formally resigned from his post as Deputy Chief Medical Officer.
Glynn was a regular fixture at daily informational briefings on the virus, eventually stepping into the role of acting Chief Medical Officer when Tony Holohan took a hiatus from his position.
According to RTÉ News, Glynn will officially leave the Deputy CMO role at the end of May.
It is understood that he will be taking up a new position in the private sector.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin paid tribute to Glynn shortly after the news broke.
"Wish you all the best, Ronan Glynn, as you get ready to step down as Deputy CMO," the Taoiseach wrote on Twitter.
"Thank you for your unstinting, dedicated and tireless work throughout the pandemic. Your calm demeanour and knowledge [was] so important to the Irish people during our national fight against Covid-19."
Wish you all the best @ronan_glynn as you get ready to step down as Deputy CMO.
Thank you for your unstinting, dedicated and tireless work throughout the pandemic.
Your calm demeanour and knowledge so important to the Irish people during our national fight against Covid-19
— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) May 10, 2022
Glynn's impending exit follows on from Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan's announcement in March that he would be taking secondment from the job in order to take up a position at Trinity College Dublin.
The move caused controversy, with senior Government figures including Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly providing various feelings of discontent on the matter.
Ultimately, Holohan decided against taking up the Trinity College role and will retire as Chief Medical Officer at the beginning of July.
In April, both Holohan and Glynn were announced as members of the new Covid-19 advisory group designed to replace the National Public Health and Emergency Team.
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