Book review: Tony Holohan memoir holds few revelations and little if any contrition

Erstwhile chief medical officer famous for his role during the Covid pandemic has written a worthy and humane book, but certainly not a particularly gripping one

Dr Tony Holohan: his new memoir is worthy and humane, if not a particularly gripping one. The author’s personal integrity and commitment to public service are obvious

Tony Holohan understands the hurt that can be caused by a bad bedside manner. Around a decade ago, Ireland’s then chief medical officer (CMO) visited his terminally ill wife Emer in St James’s Hospital and found her talking incoherently with a high temperature.

Worried that she might have contracted sepsis, he pushed the call button. “Thank God you’re here,” he exclaimed when a nurse arrived, only to be coldly ordered to “Calm down.”

“I still ...