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Senior staff refuse to divulge their salary to PAC

Shane Phelan Public Affairs Editor

Published 28/02/2014 | 02:30

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Rehab Chief Executive Angela Kerins & Dr John McGuire, Director Rehab Group arrive before addressing the Public Accounts Committee on issues of expenditure at the organisation on Kildare Street, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Rehab Chief Executive Angela Kerins & Dr John McGuire, Director Rehab Group arrive before addressing the Public Accounts Committee on issues of expenditure at the organisation on Kildare Street, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

TWO leading Rehab executives, and one recently retired, have all refused to divulge salary information to the Dail's spending watchdog.

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All three attended the Public Accounts Committee hearing yesterday and sat alongside Rehab Group chief executive Angela Kerins.

Laura Keane, director of health and social care services with Rehab Group, would only say that the disclosure of pay was part of a process being considered by Rehab.

"Thats is part of the process that is ongoing. I am supporting the process that is in place," she said.

Marie Kelly, director of training and employment services with Rehab Group, said: "The staff have the right under the legislation and I am not going to break their rights or break their protections by talking about my salary. I would be de facto breaching their confidentiality."

Chief executive Mrs Kerins told the committee her two colleagues were "entitled by law to protection and privacy".

John McGuire, a former Rehab employee and now a non-executive director at Rehab Lotteries, was asked what his salary was when he retired last year, but he too refused to disclose the information.

He said: "I am here as a private individual. I am no longer an employee."

Ms Keane's salary is likely to be disclosed shortly as it is in the possession of the HSE, and HSE chief executive Tony O'Brien agreed to pass the information to the PAC.

Mr Ross said the attitude of all three was "very disappointing". "I don't dispute the great work of you and your colleagues. But what we haven't achieved today is any opening up of transparency."

Mr Ross said the PAC had invited Rehab's remuneration committee and its former chief executive Frank Flannery to attend at the hearing, but neither invitation was complied with. "Why is Mr Flannery not here?" said Mr Ross.

The hearing had earlier heard Mr Flannery was paid €77,000 for consulting services in both 2011 and 2012.

Mrs Kerins said Rehab had brought to the committee, executives it believed were best placed to answer the PAC's questions.

Irish Independent

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