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No, Minister: ‘Tony Holohan effect’ puts public servants in charge as politics fails

Fionnán Sheahan


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Former chief medical officer Tony Holohan. Photo: Gareth Chaney

Former chief medical officer Tony Holohan. Photo: Gareth Chaney

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Former chief medical officer Tony Holohan. Photo: Gareth Chaney

Call it the ‘Tony Holohan effect’ if you will, but there’s a growing pattern of public servants dictating to politicians how the country is governed. The now-former chief medical officer departed the scene on Friday but there’s a ‘Long Covid legacy’ lingering in the political system.

It wasn’t Dr Holohan’s fault he was made the most powerful person in the land for a time, deciding whether or not entire aspects of life, society and business would be open or shut regardless of the expense to the Exchequer or the individuals concerned. But the ridiculous scenario of meetings being held and formal letters being sent to Government to advise them carried on far too long.


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