Saturday 20 December 2014

Firm linked to Kerins's family got €15,000 for equipment

Published 15/04/2014 | 02:30

Rehab paid a company owned by Angela Kerins’s brothers €15,000 for heat pumps. Photo: Tom Burke
Rehab paid a company owned by Angela Kerins’s brothers €15,000 for heat pumps. Photo: Tom Burke

REHAB paid a company owned by Angela Kerins's brothers €15,000 for heat pumps, the Irish Independent can reveal.

The products were later returned and the charity was refunded – but the transaction raises further concerns about Rehab's dealings with Ms Kerins's family.

The news follows the revelation that a company owned by Ms Kerins's close family members, and former Rehab CEO Frank Flannery, was paid €70,000 by the charity for importing coffins from China.

However, the Irish Independent has learnt there were a number of transactions between the under-fire charity and firms owned by the former chief executive's brothers – Joseph and David McCarthy.

It is understood the Rehab board was not aware of any of these transactions, which all took place during Ms Kerins's tenure.

In 2009, Rehab Enterprises – the charity's commercial wing – bought three heat pumps from PSI Europe for €15,000 plus €1,600 handling and freight charges.

The charity was invoiced by the Waterford-based company, which lists Ms Kerins's two brothers as shareholders, and the pumps were imported from Germany.

It is unclear what the charity did with the heat pumps, but a Rehab spokesman said the products were returned to PSI Europe the following year and the money was refunded.

However, the charity was not refunded the majority of the freight costs.

ASSEMBLY

In October 2009, the charity paid a further €750 to PSI Europe for "sample products", according to Rehab.

In November 2011, Trio Engineering, a Hong Kong-based company owned by Joseph McCarthy, paid Rehab Packing in Kilkenny €1,938 for assembly work.

The coffins imported from China by the company linked to Ms Kerins's family – Complete Eco Systems – were also sent to the Rehab centre in Kilkenny for assembly.

The PAC heard last week that Complete Eco Systems was established a month after the charity signed off on the coffin deal.

It also heard how the company was set up by Ms Kerins's brother Joseph, her husband Sean and Mr Flannery.

Joseph and David McCarthy could not be reached for comment and staff in PSI Europe refused to answer questions on the transactions.

Irish Independent

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