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Furious parents demand answers on charity top-ups

Published 08/07/2016 | 02:30

Aisling McNiffe and her son Jack (11), who attends St Raphael’s Photo: Gerry Mooney
Aisling McNiffe and her son Jack (11), who attends St Raphael’s Photo: Gerry Mooney

Angry parents of children with special needs who attend a St John of God-run school are calling on the charity to reveal the names and salaries of all executives who received top-ups.

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The families said they are furious that 14 senior managers who work in the organisation shared in a €1.64m upfront payout to cover pension and other contract liabilities.

Aisling McNiffe, whose 11-year-old son Jack attends St Raphael's, said: "I am disgusted at the news at a time when we are suffering a series of cuts."

Separately, it was confirmed that the troubled charity Console will shut down, leaving a massive trail of debt and costing the jobs of its 12 staff.

The decision to wind up the charity was taken at a meeting between interim CEO David Hall and the HSE. It comes after two tumultuous weeks of ongoing revelations about founder Paul Kelly.

Irish Independent

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