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Twelve Rehab staff earn over €100,000 a year, charity reveals

Shane Phelan Public Affairs Editor

Published 12/03/2014 | 02:30

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John McGuinness chairman of PAC
John McGuinness, chairman of PAC
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TWELVE senior staff on the management team at Rehab Group earn more than €100,000 a year, the embattled charity and commercial organisation has disclosed.

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Some executives also earned bonuses of up to €14,200 as recently as two years ago and all of them have "a contractual entitlement to performance-related pay" while others have company cars.

The head of the Dail's spending watchdog, Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman John McGuinness, described the sums as "excessive for the charity sector".

The disclosures were made after the group, which received €83m in state funding last year, came under massive political pressure to reveal the pay of senior staff following controversy over the €240,000 salary of chief executive Angela Kerins.

In a statement, which included some details of the group's response to queries from the PAC, Rehab revealed 77 of its senior staff in Ireland earn over €65,000.

It also included information on pay levels in bands of €10,000.

The names of the staff members were not revealed. However, the group disclosed that apart from Mrs Kerins's salary, another staff member earns between €170,000 and €179,000.

Three senior executives are on between €150,000 and €159,000. One earns between €140,000 and €149,000. Two more earn between €130,000 and €139,000, while four staff earn between €100,000 and €109,000.

The salary levels were set by the Rehab board's remuneration committee following advice from consultancy firms Hay and Towers Watson on salary levels in general Irish industry.

The statement disclosed that while no one claimed performance related pay last year, executive team members received bonuses of between €6,000 and €14,200 in 2012.

Despite making disclosures about pay levels, no details were given of the pension being enjoyed by former chief executive Frank Flannery, the former Fine Gael strategist who resigned as a board member earlier this week.

Mr Flannery stood down following controversy over his failure to appear before the PAC a fortnight ago and revelations that he had been paid to lobby the government on behalf of Rehab.

A spokesman for Rehab refused to say last night if Mr Flannery's pension information was being provided to the committee.

COFFINS

The statement also failed to address the ongoing controversy over Rehab's links to a coffin importing company called Complete Eco Solutions, which Mr Flannery and Mrs Kerins' brother Joseph McCarthy are directors of and her husband, Sean Kerins, is a former director.

Mr McGuinness said the salary levels revealed were "quite high".

"The level of pay at the top end seems to be excessive for the charity sector and we will have further questions to ask about this," he told the Irish Independent.

Another PAC member, Independent TD Shane Ross, said the information provided did not go far enough.

"We still don't know who got what. Presenting the pay levels in this way further disguises things," Mr Ross said.

Rehab said it had issued the committee with a response to a list of questions about pay and other issues last night.

However, these have yet to be seen by committee members.

The group employs over 3,500 staff members.

People using its services include young people and adults with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities, mental health difficulties, autism and acquired brain injury.

Irish Independent

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