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Catherine Fegan


Members of Cabinet see Holohan as a ‘bit of a God’ – but even God has his critics

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Key figure: Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan’s central role as the leading voice on the crisis remains undisputed. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Key figure: Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan’s central role as the leading voice on the crisis remains undisputed. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Key figure: Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan’s central role as the leading voice on the crisis remains undisputed. Photo: Steve Humphreys

'When the country shut down, Holohan is the man with the information and the authority to whom the public has been asked to turn," wrote Tom McTague in 'The Atlantic', published earlier month.

In a piece titled 'The Faucis of the World', Mr McTague explained that Ireland's chief medical officer Tony Holohan, and counterparts Anthony Fauci in the US and Chris Whitty in the UK, are examples of men "thrust into positions of authority, power and influence" at a time when a worried population was looking for guidance.

They ascended to power in the shadow of Covid-19, said McTague, transforming from largely anonymous public health experts, to overnight celebrities, trusted authorities on all things Covid, and, to varying degrees, "surrogate leaders".