Press Release

Chief Executive Officer of Health Service Executive appointed

Professor Aidan Halligan has today been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer for the Health Service Executive.  Minister for Health and Children, Mr Micheál Martin TD said “I am pleased to announce the selection of Professor Halligan as the Chief Executive Officer of the HSE.  He is a person of the highest calibre and is very well qualified to lead the important work of HSE.  I believe that Professor Halligan can play a critical role in achieving the Government’s ambitious programme of reform for the health service.”

The Chairman of the Interim Health Service Executive, Mr Kevin Kelly said:  “We are delighted that Aidan Halligan will be joining the HSE.  This is an exceptionally important appointment, and the board of the HSE is very pleased to have found someone of his calibre, from among a first class field of candidates.  Professor Halligan’s extensive clinical experience combined with his involvement with the modernisation programme of the NHS will be of great benefit in implementing the change process in the Irish health system.

Ultimately, this reform programme must result in a better experience for patients and clients of the service; better working environment for staff working in the service; and improved value for money for the Government’s investment. Clearly there are very significant challenges in the months and indeed years ahead, and the HSE believe that in Professor Halligan we have someone who is capable of leading the committed and dedicated staff of the Irish health service through this period of change,” Mr Kelly concluded.

Professor Aidan Halligan is currently Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England.  As well as his role as Deputy Chief Medical Officer, he is also Director General for Clinical Strategy and Development for the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) – a €8.9 billion programme.

Professor Halligan graduated in medicine from Trinity College Dublin in 1984.  He practiced in Ireland for nine years, principally at the Rotunda Hospital, but also holding senior posts in Research, Gynaecology and Obstetrics at St James’s and the Mater Hospitals.

He moved to the UK in 1993 and was appointed Professor of Fetal Maternal Medicine at the University of Leicester and Leicester Royal Infirmary, and subsequently National Director for Clinical Governance.

He is married with three young daughters and is originally from Dublin.