HSE loses second boss in half a year
The HSE has lost its second boss in just over six months.
The interim director general, John Connaghan, is leaving at the end of December to take up a new post in his native Scotland.
In May the HSE's previous chief, Tony O'Brien, stepped down in the wake of the CervicalCheck scandal.
The HSE is currently looking for a new director general but has had to extend the application date. Mr Connaghan had not applied for the post.
It comes as the HSE faces into the winter trolley crisis, which is set to escalate at the end of December and early January.
Deputy director general Anne O'Connor - the executive in charge of managing the trolley crisis - is to temporarily step in to the chief's role.
Health Minister Simon Harris paid tribute to Mr Connaghan, who he said had shown "exemplary leadership".
He thanked him for his commitment and dedication to the role and wished him the best in his new position.
He also thanked Ms O'Connor for her "occupying the position at a critical time in the health service".
"The position of the director general has been advertised with applications due to close in early January," he said.