The Central Remedial Clinic has launched a new five-year strategic plan aimed at creating a stronger organisation with higher standards.

The organisation was embroiled in one of the worst controversies to hit the charity sector when it emerged in late 2013 that public donations were used to top up salaries of senior executives.

The controversy led to the resignation of the CRC board.

CRC Chairperson Kieran J Timmins said the organisation was rocked by the revelations. He said it is important not to forget mistakes of the past but it is also important to look to the future.

Mr Timmins said "in preparing this plan we conducted wide-ranging consultation and engagement with our stakeholders ... by 2021 we will be a stronger and more sustainable organisation, responding to changing demands, higher standards, raised public expectations and new national policies."

Launching the plan 'Towards 2021' today  Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath said he was glad this document was being described as a "live" plan and not a publication that will gather dust on the shelf.
 

The Strategic Plan has identified a number of key priorities for the next five years, firstly the implementation of "Progressing Disability Services" and "New Directions", two major policies for Children and Adults with disabilities. 

The CRC provides services and supports to over 3,500 children and adults every year, employing 400 staff with support from over 100 volunteers.

Speaking on RTÉ's News At One, CRC Chief Executive Stephanie Mahon said the organisation has worked hard to put in place robust governance and to rebuild trust with the Irish public.

She said the CRC now meets the governance and compliance standards for community and voluntary organisations and it is "reaching out and talking to people" to help restore its reputation.

Ms Manahan said that the CRC has worked closely with the HSE on service arrangements and has come in on budget for the past two years. 

She said it was continuing to raise funds and work with the Care Trust to raise much-needed mone, which she said, would be put into infrastructure, while State investment would be used to resource buildings and services.