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Tony Holohan returned to CMO role following his wife’s death

DUBLIN: The Department of Health has confirmed that Tony Holohan, who was on leave following the death of his wife in February this year, has returned to the position of Chief Medical Officer from yesterday.

His wife Emer Philly died of blood cancer. In 2012, she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer that develops in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell.

Dr. Holohan had temporarily stepped down in July of last year when his wife entered palliative care, and he returned to the CMO role in October. At the time, the CMO said that he wanted to give his energy, attention and all of his time to his two teenage children, Clodag and Ronan.

Dr. Holohan described his wife as a “loving, caring, warm, witty, and sunny person” at Ms. Philly’s funeral.

In Holohan’s absence, Dr. Ronan Glynn was the Chief Medical Officer.

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