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Dr Emer Holohan

Dr Emer Holohan

Dr Emer Holohan

Dr Emer Holohan, the wife of Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan, has passed away following a long illness.

Dr Holohan (née Feely) passed away at Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross surrounded by her husband and children following a battle with cancer.

Tonight, Taoiseach Micheal Martin paid tribute to Dr Emer Holohan.

"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.

"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."

She was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer, in 2012 and had been receiving palliative care since last year.

She is survived by husband Tony and two children Clodagh and Ronan.

Dr Tony Holohan took a leave of absence from his role as Chief Medical Officer in July to be with his wife and family, returning to the position in October.

Due to current Government restrictions regarding COVID-19 regulations on gatherings, a private funeral will take place for immediate family members only.

Dr Holohan’s funeral Mass will be streamed live from St. Pius X Church, Templeogue on Monday at 12.30pm.

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