Saturday 23 September 2017

CRC director's practice represented clinic in High Court cases

David Martin of the CRC Chairman and current interim chief executive of the CRC, Jim Nugent, former CRC chief executive Paul Kiely following the PAC meeting. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
David Martin of the CRC Chairman and current interim chief executive of the CRC, Jim Nugent, former CRC chief executive Paul Kiely following the PAC meeting. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Central Remedial Clinic Director David Martin, former chief executive Paul Kiely and acting chief executive Jim Nugent leaving Leinster House after giving evidence to PAC. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

A SOLICITORS' practice where a CRC director is a partner has represented the clinic in two High Court cases since he was appointed to the board.

Lawyer David Martin -- a voluntary director of the CRC that appeared before the PAC on Wednesday -- is a partner at Dublin law firm Gore & Grimes.

The firm represented the CRC in two personal injury legal actions taken against the clinic since 2010, charging the charity fees of almost €24,000.

It also represented former chief executive Paul Kiely in a personal case in 2011.

It previously represented the CRC in a 2004 case when the firm's former partner Anthony Gore-Grimes served voluntarily on the charity's board.

Last night, the firm responded to questions regarding the work it has carried out for the CRC while Mr Martin was on the board by pointing out that other solicitors' firms have also represented the clinic.

And they said that they had been appointed by the clinic's insurers for whom they have acted for 25 years.

Mr Martin (59) has been a partner at Gore & Grimes for nearly 30 years and was appointed to the board of the CRC in 2006. High Court records show that Gore & Grimes represented the clinic in a personal injury law suit initiated in 2010.

The case was struck out the following year.

It also represents the clinic in an ongoing personal injury case taken on behalf of a minor.

Previously the firm represented former CRC chief executive Paul Kiely in a case taken by interior designer Nina Kati and her company Working Wonders Ltd. Court records show that the case was struck out last July. Asked about the case last night, Ms Kati replied by email, saying: "As this is a personal matter I have no comment to make."

Meanwhile, Mr Kiely did not respond to efforts to contact him through the CRC's media representatives and his solicitors Gore & Grimes. In a statement last night, Gore & Grimes said it is one of a number of solicitors' firms providing legal services to the CRC.

It said that former partner Mr Gore-Grimes had served on the CRC board in a voluntary capacity and said Mr Martin is also a voluntary board member with the clinic.

It said: "The firm has provided legal services to the clinic in a number of matters for which the firm has been paid professional fees, in the total sum of €23,762.50, in the seven years since Mr Martin's appointment."

It said that the firm has been instructed by the clinic's insurers in three specific cases and that it has acted for this insurer for "over 25 years".

Irish Independent

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