FORMER Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) chief executive Brian Conlan has repaid a salary over-payment to the Health Service Executive (HSE), it emerged today.
Mr Conlan, who resigned on Monday, made the payment because the salary he was granted by the CRC was in excess of the sum set by the HSE after he took on the post in July.
He was on a salary of €125,000 when appointed in July but asked the board to lower it to €83,252 , in keeping with HSE guidelines for the post , from October.
Members of the board of the CRC will appear before the Dail Committee on Public Accounts tomorrow to face a grilling on salary top ups, five of which are being paid from its charity funds.
A spokesman for Mr Conlon said his salary was paid entirely from the public funding which the disability organisation gets from the HSE to run services and no charity funding was involved.
He said :”Mr Conlan, who received no top-up payments, was instrumental in ensuring that his salary at the time of his resignation was on a HSE approved payscale. He has not benefitted by more than the HSE approved salary for the five months he was chief executive.
“The position of chief executivee came with an annual salary financed entirely from the CRC’s annual funding allocation from the HSE. This salary was higher than HSE guidelines for medical institutions of similar size.
He added:that Mr Conlan made representations to the CRC Board requesting its agreement to formally reduce the salary scale for chief executive of the CRC in keeping with the HSE guidelines. The board agreed and the revised payscale came into effect from October 1 last. Mr Conlan has already reimbursed the value of the net salary that he received between July and September that was in excess of the payscale.”
He repeated that Mr Conlan, who was on the board of the CRC for nine years before being appointed chief executive, will not be attending the committee hearing tomorrow.