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Friday 22 August 2014

Rehab paid Frank Flannery to lobby the Government

Published 08/03/2014 | 15:01

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19/02/2014 Rehab director Frank Flannery at Leinster House, dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Rehab director Frank Flannery Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

THE chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has said Frank Flannery should appear before it - amid reports Rehab paid Mr Flannery thousands of euro to lobby the Government.

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Flannery was reportedly paid for lobbying the Departments of Justice, Education and Social Protection, according to invoices submitted from Flannery’s firm Laragh Consulting to the charity.

The company invoiced Rehab for €66,000 in 2012 and €11,000 in 2011.

The Irish Times reported that submitted regularly during the period and they usually amounted to about €5,500 a month.

PAC chairman John McGuinness said it was unacceptable that Mr Flannery had not yet appeared before the PAC.

Minister for European Affairs Paschal Donohoe also called on Mr Flannery to appear before the PAC.

Speaking on RTE Radio, Mr Donohoe said Mr Flannery - and anybody associated with Rehab - should go in front of the committee to establish if public money was involved.

Flannery is a former CEO of Rehab and is a board member of the European Platform for Rehabilitation, along with current Rehab CEO Angela Kerins.

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