The CEO of the HSE is to step down at the end of the year.
Paul Reid says he will be stepping down from his position in December to allow time to find his successor.
In a message to HSE staff, Paul Reid said he is making the decision with a heavy heart, and it was the hardest decision he has ever made in his career.
It's with a heavy heart that I've advised the Chairman of @HSELive and the Minister for Health that I will step down as CEO later this year. Having led teams in the private,not for profit,central & local government and health sectors,I now want to spend some time with my family.
— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) June 27, 2022
He said he plans to spend more time with his family.
Mr Reid took over the role from Tony O'Brien in April 2019.
In a statement, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has paid tribute to Mr Reid's work over the last number of years.
"Since his appointment as Chief Executive in June 2019, Paul Reid has provided exemplary leadership to the HSE," said Minister Donnelly.
He continued to say, “he has led Ireland’s health service through some of its most difficult days and has done so with dedication and professionalism.
“Throughout the pandemic, Paul played a critical role in leading Ireland’s response to the greatest health emergency of our times.
“He leaves behind him an organisation much enhanced for his time as Chief Executive and one that is already making real progress in implementing reform and improvement across many aspects of healthcare provision.
“I want to wish Paul all the best for the time ahead and to thank him and his family for the many sacrifices they have made over the last three years to allow him to dedicate himself to the role of CEO.”