The late Dr Emer Holohan
Dr Emer Holohan (nee Feely), the wife of Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan, has passed away after a long illness.
She died today surrounded by loved ones at Our Lady's Hospice in Harold's Cross in Dublin. She had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2012. Taoiseach Micheal Martin was among those to pay tribute.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan, and his children, Clodagh and Ronan, today following the sad passing of his wife Emer," he said in a statement.
"Dr Emer Holohan made a significant contribution to the health service, including her work on the Health Strategy when I was Minister for Health.
"Tony and his entire family have given so much to this country since the start of the pandemic. At this time, I would ask for as much space and privacy to be given to them as possible."
Dr Tony Holohan, who took time out from his CMO role to care for his wife last year, has family throughout Kilkenny. The Mayor of Kilkenny John Coonan has expressed his sadness at Dr Emer Holohan's death, and said his thoughts and prayers are with her family.
"As Mayor of Kilkenny City, I wish to express my heartfelt sympathy to Dr Tony Holohan, his children Clodagh and Ronan and extended Feeley and Holohan families with the passing of Dr Emer Holohan, a loving wife and mother," he said.
"Dr Holohan, I wish to thank you for your dedicated service and calm leadership throughout this pandemic. In particular the personal sacrifice you and your family have made in the past year. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May she rest in peace."