The Director General of the HSE Tony O’Brien finally announced last night that he’s stepping down from his position.
It’s understood that Emma Mhic Mhathuna’s revelations yesterday were the final straw in O’Brien making his decision to step down from his €192,000 a year job.
It must be noted that there was absolutely no pressure whatsoever from Minister for Health Simon Harris or Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for O’Brien to step down.
Harris re-enforced his support for O’Brien numerous times since the smear test scandal broke.
While just a few weeks ago, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar thanked O’Brien in a letter for all the “great work” he was doing.
The smear test scandal has been building and building and O’Brien’s position became untenable however it’s believed that O’Brien will keep his in excess of €100,000 a year pension.
It’s believed that other heads will roll as a result of the scandal, possibly even Harris or Varadkar in the long run.
Many are querying why Irish feminists have been so silent over the scandal with no marches or major protests taking place as they did for the recent #Ibelieveher campaign.
One social media commentator said: “It’s clear that Irish feminists are more interested in killing Irish babies in the womb than they are at defending Irish women from O’Brien and co”.