There were gasps of amazement in the Public Accounts Committee room yesterday when it was revealed that Paul Kiely the former CEO of the Central Remedial Clinic had a pension pot amounting to an astonishing €742,000 euro. The complex layers were peeled back in a letter read by the HSE’s Barry O’Brien to reveal the true extent of Mr.Kiely’s retirement package – before Christmas the committee had been told he got €200,000 tax free lump. Former CEO of the CRC Brian Conlan told the committee that he was unaware of the three quarters of a million being paid to Paul ...
Representatives of the Central Remedial Clinic are to appear before the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee today to answer questions about the use of public donations to top up the salaries of its executives. Seán was joined from the Dáil Studio by Mary Lou McDonald, Deputy Leader of Sinn Fein and member of the Public Accounts Committee and by Fionnan Sheahan, Political Editor with the Independent Group. Also there is an update at the end from Mary O'Regan, Deputy Political Editor of the The Examiner, of proceedings up to 12 noon.
The Irish Times reports today that the Health Services Executive served two formal warnings on the Central Remedial Clinic earlier this year relating to the appointment process for its new chief executive. The process was described by the HSE as “highly irregular”. These new revelations come in a week where health minister James Reilly has contradicted what former CRC chairman Des Peelo told us on Monday about HSE executives being aware of top up payments being made to some senior staff. Martin Wall, industry correspondent of the Irish Times spoke to Sean.
Earlier in the programme we spoke to Barnardo’s chief executive Fergus Finlay about the controversy raging about salary top ups in the health and charity sectors including the Central Remedical Clinic . Des Peelo was on the board of the CRC for 24 years and he was chairman of the organisation from 2002 to 2010. He says much of what is currently being reported is inaccurate and unfair and he joined Sean in studio.