Tributes Flood In For Dr Tony Holohan As He Steps Back To Care For Wife

'Dr Tony Holohan has earned the gratitude of the nation.'

Dr Tony Holohan announced his decision earlier this week to step back from his role as Chief Medical Officer.

Announcing that the care of his family was a priority, Dr Holohan’s “energy, attention and all of my time” was needed at home, as his wife, Dr Emer Feely entered palliative care last Saturday for blood cancer multiple myeloma.

Making his announcement in a personal statement at the end of Thursday’s briefing of the National Public Health Emergency Team, Dr Tony Holohan revealed he would be focusing on his family; his wife and two teenage children, Clodagh and Ronan.

As one that the nation looked to for support, comfort and a public response to the virus since the beginning in January, a flood of tributes poured in for the public health doctor, thanking him for his incredible service, bravery and strength to guide Ireland during this difficult and unprecedented time.

Leading the praise was Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, who thanked Dr Holohan for his leadership and his “extraordinary commitment and professionalism” during the pandemic.

“He has been a rock, and he will be back as a rock,” Mr Donnelly said.

Former minister for health Simon Harris described Dr Holohan as “a patriot, an incredible public servant and a doctor who has saved thousands of lives through his leadership.”

Former Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also shared kind words for Dr Holohan writing:

“For months everyone in Ireland has felt safe because you were looking after our families. As you step back, know that all of us stand behind you and your wonderful family. We’ll meet again soon.”

And as the praise continues to trend online in Ireland, here are some of the lovely words being shared for Dr Tony Holohan.

Thank you, Tony. A hero! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.


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