The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said that he expects a report into the controversial secondment of former Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan to Trinity College to be published in ‘the coming weeks in accordance with due process and fair procedures.’
The Minister was replying to a parliamentary question on the matter from Independent TD for Laois-Offaly, Carol Nolan.
It is unclear what has generated the delay or what due process the Minister is referring to as the Minister is understood to have received the Report in June.
The Report was compiled by the former head of the Institute of Directors Maura Quinn.
However, as Pat Leahy of the Irish Times noted, while Ms Quinn submitted her report on June 14th, she was contacted by Mr Donnelly on July 1st and asked to consider other matters. She then submitted a final report on July 27th.
Leahy went on to note an article in The Business Post in August which quoted a spokesman for the Department of Health confirming that the review was ongoing. In response to this, Ms Quinn told The Irish Times this is “not true”.
During the controversy which followed news of the secondment it emerged that the former CEO would be entitled to a salary of €187k and that was signed off by the Secretary General of the Department of Health Robert Watt.