Tuesday 28 February 2017

Martina Devlin: CRC farce exposed in dramatic fashion

Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

The Central Remedial Clinic: Inset: Paul Kiely, recently retired Chief Executive of the Central Remedial Clinic
The Central Remedial Clinic: Inset: Paul Kiely, recently retired Chief Executive of the Central Remedial Clinic

Blood and rubble covered the floor in a Leinster House committee room yesterday when a relatively innocuous question detonated -- exposing a financial arrangement referred to as farcical, crazy and bonkers.

It was an accurate description of the set-up. And the fact that such an illogical situation still exists between two bodies which rely on the State for funding only heightens the parody.

The landmine blew up at the tail end of a Public Accounts Committee meeting, when Independent TD Shane Ross elicited the information that the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) writes a cheque for €666,000 to the Mater Public Hospital to administer a dummy pension fund.

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