Video: Call for Holohan secondment to be 'paused', Irish diplomats in Moscow expelled

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Taoiseach calls for Holohan secondment to be 'paused'

The Taoiseach has called on the secondment of chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan to Trinity College Dublin to be paused pending a reassessment.

The Government is due to receive a report on the process around the appointment next week.


There is some anger at Cabinet around the move which will see Dr Holohan paid his existing salary by the State despite taking up a new job.

Meanwhile, a private meeting of the Oireachtas Committee on Health on Thursday heard that the Department of Health Secretary General, Robert Watt, signed off on the controversial secondment of Dr Holohan.

Two Irish diplomats expelled from the embassy in Moscow

Two diplomats have been asked to leave the Irish Embassy in Moscow, it has been confirmed.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said there was “no justification” for the move.


It comes two weeks after four senior Russian officials were asked to leave Ireland because their activities had not been “in accordance with international standards of diplomatic behaviour”, according to the Government.

Government to consider measures to deal with inflation

The Tánaiste has played down hopes for another major Government intervention in tackling the rising cost of living.

Leo Varadkar said on Friday that while the Government is meeting next week to consider further action to deal with rising inflation and offset the planned increase in carbon tax, such moves will not amount to a “big bazooka measure”.

Opposition parties have called variously for action on the minimum wage and an emergency budget, with the war in Ukraine adding to rising costs for households.

People asked to support 65 Roses Day

Cysytic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI) is calling on people to support 65 Roses Day, which takes place today.

The annual fundraiser is hoping to raise a total of €350,000 to provide support and services.

CFI is also pledging 10 per cent of all money raised for the estimated 1,000 people with Cystic Fibrosis in Ukraine.

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