HSE Director General announces he's stepping down from his position earlier than thought 2 years ago

HSE Director General announces he's stepping down from his position earlier than thought

He will retire from the position earlier than planned to avail of his remaining annual leave.

HSE General Director Tony O'Brien has announced that he will be stepping down from his role at the beginning of July.

It was initially stated that he would step down at the end of July, but he will now leave four weeks earlier due to untaken annual leave days, as was revealed on The Week In Politics.

Tony O'Brien has held the position since 2013, and earlier this week at the Oireachtas Health Committee, he announced that he intended to use the remainder of his time with the organisation to focus on the cervical cancer issue.

During the same episode of the show, one of the guests was Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Louise O'Reilly, who spoke primarily about the upcoming Eighth Referendum, but had the following to say about Tony O'Brien's intention to step down earlier than had been planned:

"I do find it absolutely outrageous that he is going early, so that he can avail of his annual leave - having come into the Committee to tell us he is going to dedicate himself to ensure justice is found for the victims of yet another HSE scandal."

Louise O'Reilly also spoke at length about her position on the referendum: