Dr Tony Holohan has announced he is to step down from his role as Chief Medical Officer.
It is understood Dr Holohan will leave the Department of Health and take up a new role as Professor of Public Health Strategy and Leadership at Trinity College Dublin.
Paying tribute, Taoiseach Micheál Martin thanked the CMO for his “outstanding service to the Irish people”.
“His steadfast assured advice, and willingness to communicate over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic undoubtedly helped saved lives, and kept Ireland safe during an exceptionally challenging two years,” said the Taoiseach.
“I have known Tony, and had the privilege to work with him, since he was appointed Deputy Chief Medical Officer in 2001, and then during his 14 years as the Chief Medical Officer.”
Micheál Martin continued: “His work chairing the National Public Health Emergency Team, his professionalism, and calm and personable nature gave us all the assurance we needed during the pandemic.
“In parallel, Tony worked consistently to raise and transform the profile and status of public health medicine, and worked hard on creating a professional pathway to consultant status.”