Mayo native, Professor Breda Smyth has been appointed interim Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly yesterday announced that Professor Smyth will take up the role at the Department from July 4th, pending the completion of an open competition to fill the role on a permanent basis.

She is being seconded to the Department on a short-term basis.

Dr Tony Holohan will resign as CMO on 1 July after 14 years in the role.

Professor Smyth, a native of Straide,  has specialised in public health for the last 16 years. She is currently Professor for Public Health Medicine in NUI Galway and Consultant in Public Health in the HSE West.

Minister Donnelly stated that Professor Smyth contributed significantly to Ireland's Covid-19 response having been a member of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), the Rapid Testing Expert Advisory Group; Chief Investigator on the multi-site study UniCoV study as well as her important duties as the Director of Public Health in HSE West.

The open competition for the permanent filling of the role of Chief Medical Officer has commenced.




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