The Health Service Executive’s chief financial officer has quit less than a year into a five-year contract.

Thomas Byrne was appointed to the newly created position of CFO last year.

He took up employment in late May, but earlier this week handed his notice to the HSE.

Asked whether Mr Byrne’s decision to quit was related to the ongoing financial challenges within the HSE, a spokesperson for the executive said Mr Byrne decided to leave in order to progress a number of business interests.  

Prior to his appointment Mr Byrne was the chief financial officer with BT Ireland. 

The CFO post in the HSE was created to "deliver stability through the implementation of consistent systems and controls and transform the HSE's financial system through the development of a new operating model for finance" and to "define and implement a long term financial strategy for the HSE."