Dr. Tony Holohan has decided to take a leave of absence from his high profile role as the head of the Department of Health in Ireland, and Twitter users have been showering the man for his incredible work.
As Ireland begins to open up once again, it's important to note that we wouldn't be in this situation if it wasn't for the diligent work and effort from all of the HSE workers, who put their lives at risk these past few months. And the man who led this incredible work is Dr. Tony Holohan, the Chief Medical Officer in Ireland.
Holohan released a statement last night which read that he has made the difficult decision to step away from his work responsibilities and to spend more time with his family, primarily his two teenage children. His wife Emer was taken into Palliative Care very recently.
From today, I will be taking time out from all of my work commitments to be with my family.
I would like to thank everyone for their support, understanding and respect for my family’s privacy and would wish that to continue.
Continue to stay vigilant and look after each other. pic.twitter.com/aNfi88c1Jo
— Dr Tony Holohan (@CMOIreland) July 2, 2020
For his work as Chief Medical Officer throughout this extremely difficult year for all, well-known Irish faces have been showing their tremendous support for the man who guided us through these demanding past few months. Here are some of the biggest praises that we've spotted so far on Twitter.
The #ThankYouTony is currently trending on the social media outlet.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you, your wife and your family for sacrificing precious personal time to steer us through the last 4 months. We owe you all so much. You are in our thoughts and prayers @CMOIreland
— Kathryn Thomas (@gokathrynthomas) July 2, 2020
Struggling to find the words to express my gratitude and heartbreak over this. We never know what's going on in someone else's life. May he and his family find peace and be given privacy. #ThankYouTony https://t.co/cXTcOWQ3kh
— Síle Seoige (@SileSeoige) July 2, 2020
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Dr. Holohan @CMOIreland His dedication to serving our country in a time of unprecedented crisis whilst dealing with personal difficulties behind it all is incredible. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family #thankyoutony https://t.co/ut992NCKuw
— Damien Varley (@VarleyDamien) July 2, 2020
Thank you for all of your hard work & dedication. Thinking of your family, sending strength x
— Holly Carpenter (@Holly0910) July 2, 2020
— Bibi Baskin (@BibiBaskin) July 2, 2020
Thank you for everything. Your guidance, your strength and your sacrafice will never be forgotten. ♥️
— Doireann Garrihy (@DoireannGarrihy) July 3, 2020
You took the weight of us all on your shoulders, when you already had a burden of your own. The nation sends nothing but good wishes to your family. #ThankYouTony
— Jonathan Healy (@jonathanhealy) July 2, 2020
Thank you 🇮🇪❤️
— Niall Breslin (@nbrez) July 2, 2020
Thank you for your work and sacrifice.
— Louise McSharry (@louisemcsharry) July 2, 2020
— Eoghan McDermott (@eoghanmcdermo) July 3, 2020
Tony was in front of us, almost everyday, giving us the morbid & truly horrible news of how many people had died, patiently answering questions and managing to be a bit of craic & he had all this going on at home. Sending best wishes to his wife Emer & their family #thankyouTony https://t.co/Bw7U1MmdHF
— Muireann O'Connell (@MuireannO_C) July 2, 2020
Tony, deepest gratitude for all you have done for us throughout this pandemic. On this most difficult of tasks, you brought to the table strong leadership, unflappable composure and immense warmth. Best wishes now to you and your family. Mind yourselves.
— Niamh Fitzpatrick (@NFitzPsychology) July 2, 2020
Is it just me that feels so sad that @CMOIreland has lost so much time with his wife whilst steering Ireland thru #COVID19 If that isn't a wake up call for ppl considering a foreign holiday... well. I give up on our Nation. #thankyoutony
— Lucie Cunningham (@LucieCunningh12) July 2, 2020
And finally, the new Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu, called Dr. Tony Holohan: "A gentleman, an amazing public servant and a hero."
Thank you Tony Holohan @CMOIreland for being our beacon in so many days of darkness. A gentleman, an amazing public servant and a hero.
— Hazel Chu (@hazechu) July 2, 2020