Tuesday 28 February 2017

'Formidable lady' finds spotlight on her salary

After many years of networking, Kerins faces a bumpy time ahead, writes Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD, with Angela Kerins, Chief Executive, Rehab Group
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD, with Angela Kerins, Chief Executive, Rehab Group

When Angela Kerins became chief executive of Rehab in 2006 at the age of 47, conspirators in Fianna Fail muttered about her being a decoy to deflect attention from the heavy Fine Gael presence at the top of the disability charity.

If the Central Remedial Clinic was perceived as a north Dublin Fianna Fail gig, then Rehab was its south side Fine Gael counterpart.

Frank Flannery, a longstanding Fine Gael strategist, had been its chief executive for 25 years. The late Enda Marron, a trustee of Fine Gael, the late Colm Allen, a barrister and party fund-raiser, and John Hussey, a brother-in-law of the Fine Gael minister Gemma Hussey, were on the board.

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