The Taoiseach has called on the secondment of Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan to Trinity College to be paused pending a reassessment.
The Government is due to receive a report on the process around the appointment next week.
Speaking in Helsinki this morning Taoiseach Micheál Martin put a pause on Dr Tony Holohan’s appointment to a Professorship at Trinity College.
He said there is merit to establishing the new role – but there absolutely has to be full transparency about how it was done.
Micheál Martin has requested a full report from the Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, who has asked head of the Department Robert Watt to report back in a few days.
There is notable anger at Cabinet about the move, which would see Dr Holohan paid his existing salary by the State despite taking up a new job.
The fact this role was created, at the expense of the State, without the knowledge of Ministers, is something the politicians are deeply unhappy about.