The Government is determined to “wipe and weed out” gilded arrangements which have no place in a post recession Ireland, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has vowed.
Speaking this morning, the Labour party leader he was “shocked” at the revelation that the former Central Remedial Clinic boss Paul Kiely received a pension pay –out of €742,000 upon retiring from the CRC board last June.
News of the payment emerged yesterday during a session of the Dail’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
“I must say I was shocked at what I heard at the PAC yesterday.
“This was a very, very large sum of money,” he said.
Referring to Mr Kiely’s appearance before the PAC in December – where he told members he received a sum of €200,000 upon his retirement – Mr Gilmore remarked: “What was told to the PAC yesterday seems to be quite different from what was told to them before Christmas
“I am aware that the HSE are taking the whole issue very seriously.
“I think that it is important that we are clear on this; this government is determined to wipe out and to weed out the practices of the past.”
Mr Gilmore promised the government would “put an end to the practices of the past and these kind of gilded arrangements that have no place in the post recession Ireland”.
The Tanaiste also said he was concerned about the effect the controversy could have on the CRC itself.
“What I would say to people who make donations to charities is to assure them that the government is going to do everything that we can to deal with this issue, and to ensure that the donations go where they are intended and are not siphoned off into some way to the benefit of senior people in the organisations.”
Finance Minister Michael Noonan said he thought that “we had left that kind of culture behind us”.
“And it’s shocking to realise that there are still legacies around from a period when standards were different.
“I am glad that the HSE has decided to refer this to An Garda Siochana, I am glad that the chairman of the PAC, who together with the members of the PAC are ave done a very good job, I m very glad he intends pursuing this to its conclusion.
“And I’m sure he has the kind of legal advice we all have, that we shouldn’t draw conclusions until the process is completed,” he added.