Tony O Brien

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HSE director general Tony O’Brien with Minister for Health Simon Harris. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

HSE director general Tony O’Brien is to take a temporary leave of absence from the board of a US company he joined earlier this year. The Irish Times(...)

Leo Varadkar:  moved to reassure women whose smear tests returned a negative result that they should not worry that those results may not be accurate. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The Taoiseach fell prey to an accidental doughnut during Leaders’ Questions. It was probably just a coincidence. Although some would say it was 100 (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris met Opposition spokespersons on health yesterday to discuss the shape and the scope of an inquiry into the delayed diagnosis issue. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government will establish a non-statutory inquiry to provide immediate answers to the CervicalCheck controversy before deciding if a commission of(...)

HSE director-general Tony O’Brien must have the hide of a rhinoceros. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The turmoil in Government and the health service continued to escalate on Wednesday, with Dáil exchanges dominated by the controversy and Opposition c(...)

HSE director general  Tony O’Brien arriving at Leinster House on Wednesday ahead of  a hearing of the Oireachtas  Committee on Health. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The contract of HSE director general Tony O’Brien allows him to serve on boards if there is no conflict of interest and he has ministerial consent, Ta(...)

INMO general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said its office had been contacted by many nurses seeking guidance as to what they should do to reassure women in relation to smear tests.

The Health Service Executive should have contacted nurses involved in cervical smear tests in advance of the latest controversy so they could reassure(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien at the  Oireachtas health committee. Image: Oireachtas TV screengrab

The director-general of the Health Service Executive, Tony O’Brien, has said he would not stand down from his role over the CervicalCheck controversy.(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking in the Dáil on Wednesday. Image: Oireachtas TV screengrab.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed that women whose cancer diagnosis was delayed will be offered redress. He made the comment in the Dáil on Wendes(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (right) and  Minister for Health Simon Harris: Taoiseach told the Dáil he is ‘very angry’  women were not told that following an audit of their tests it was discovered that pre-cancerous cells were not identified in  their first check. ‘I’m a Taoiseach, a doctor and also a brother with two sisters,’ he said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Women of Ireland: What they don’t know won’t hurt them. Best say nothing. Particularly as it’s not a patient safety issue anymore. Because these pa(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien became a board member  Evofem Biosciences on January 17th, almost two months before he publicly announced he would be leaving the HSE in August. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Health Simon Harris gave written consent to HSE director general Tony O’Brien to take up a lucrative role at a US contraceptive manufactu(...)

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