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Wednesday 16 April 2014

CEO of Central Remedial Clinic resigns

Brian Conlon (pictured) has resigned

The CEO of the Central Remedial Clinic has resigned.

Brian Conlon’s resignation was confirmed by the Board of Management this morning in an email seen by independent.ie.

“The Board of the CRC has, with regret, accepted the resignation of Brian Conlon as CEO with immediate effect,” the statement said.

“The Board thank Brian Conlon for his commitment to and support of the CRC. His many years of service on the Board are greatly appreciated. We wish him continued success in the future,” it added.

Jim Nugent, who is chairman of the board, will take on the role of CEO on an interim basis, the statement said: “In addition, Joan Hurley will fulfil the position as Operations Director in the day-to-day management of the Clinic and will coordinate the senior management team.

“The Board will work closely with the senior management team and staff to ensure a positive future for the CRC, its service users and staff,” the statement concluded.

TD Shane Ross said on RTE’s Today with Sean O’Rourke that there may be more resignations to come within the CRC.

“I don’t think it’s going to be enough to scapegoat just one person.”

He said Mr Nugent’s interim role as chairman “ought to be temporary”, and the post should be “advertised externally and picked externally”.

“This particular saga is a very, very sorry one,” he said.

He said the most important thing is that the children who attend the CRC are “still looked after”.

The board of the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) came under mounting pressure to resign in recent weeks over the use of charitable donations to top up the salary of former chief executive Paul Kiely.

Last month, the CRC confirmed that money donated by the public was being used to top up salaries of well-paid staff.

The Central Remedial Clinic in Dublin said charitable funds raised by a separate company the Friends and Supporters of the Remedial Clinic was funding the controversial top ups.

The clinic’s former chief executive Paul Kiely was on a State salary of €106,900  before he retired which was supplemented with another €136,000 in privately donated funds.

The scandal outraged the public and parents of children with disabilities who use the service.

It also used public donations to top up the salaries of several other executives. Brian Conlan was a new appointee and was not receiving top-ups.

The Dail Committee on Public Accounts heard last month that the Friends and Supporters of the Remedial Clinic had a surplus of €14m in 2011.

At the same time the Central Remedial Clinic which receives around €19m in funding from the HSE has cut back on services for vulnerable children and adults.

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