Former Rehab bosses meet for lunch but PAC isn't on menu
Published 13/05/2014 | 02:30
FORMER Rehab CEOs Angela Kerins and Frank Flannery enjoyed an hour-and-a-half-long lunch meeting in a trendy south Dublin restaurant.
But when the pair were approached for comment afterwards by the Irish Independent, Ms Kerins indicated they weren't discussing their possible appearances before the Dail's Public Accounts Committee.
When asked yesterday if she would be appearing before the Dail's spending watchdog, as she left the FX Buckley restaurant in Monkstown, Ms Kerins responded: "I don't know why ... I'm just going to my car now, thank you." When asked if she and Mr Flannery had been discussing an appearance before the PAC, she replied: "No."
She added: "This is unfair. Thank you very much, goodbye."
Mr Flannery did not stop to make any comment when approached.
PAC is seeking clearance to compel both Mr Flannery and Ms Kerins to provide further information on a range of issues.
The Dail's spending watchdog wants to investigate the pay structure for senior management and is keen to establish whether publicly donated money ended up being used to pay salaries at the Rehab Group. In February, the group revealed Ms Kerins enjoyed a salary of €240,000.
The committee is also investigating the controversial €6m annual payments to Rehab by the State through a compensation charitable lottery fund.
Both Mr Flannery and Ms Kerins resigned from their roles with the charity on foot of the raging controversy.
They did not appear at a recent PAC hearing despite being requested to do so.