New role for Secretary General of the Department of Health

Secretary General of the Department of Health, Dr Ambrose McLoughlin, is to moving to a new role supporting the implementation of the Healthy Ireland initiative ahead of his retirement next year.

The move was agreed by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and the Secretary General in the context of his decision to retire in June 2015, after 40 years of service.

Minister Varadkar paid tribute to Dr McLoughlin for piloting the Department through one of the most challenging periods for the health sector.

"I look forward to continuing to work closely with Ambrose in his new role and expect to rely on his counsel and advice into the future," said the Minister.

"His extensive experience in the health arena will provide invaluable insight and guidance in progressing the achievement of the goals set out in the Healthy Ireland framework."

Dr McLoughlin said: "It has been a privilege to serve as Secretary General in the Department of Health and I am very proud to take up this new role."

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