Thursday 25 May 2017

Rat deserted CRC ship as the storm gathered

Months before Shane Ross exposed the pension top-up scandal at the clinic, former CEO Paul Kiely suddenly decided it was time to go . . .

David Martin of the CRC Chairman and current interim chief executive of the CRC, Jim Nugent Former CRC chief executive and Paul Kiely (right) pictured after a Public Accounts Committee meeting (PAC) to examine top-up payments at the CRC in Leinster House, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
David Martin of the CRC Chairman and current interim chief executive of the CRC, Jim Nugent Former CRC chief executive and Paul Kiely (right) pictured after a Public Accounts Committee meeting (PAC) to examine top-up payments at the CRC in Leinster House, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Shane Ross

WHY was Paul Kiely in such a big rush to the exit? Last March, the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) board heard that Paul Kiely was in an awful hurry to leave. He was determined to be gone by June 16. One board member insisted that this date was unrealistic, leaving far too little time to find a successor.

According to the board minutes, there was "universal agreement" on this point. They should not have worried. Of course it would normally take more than two and half months to pick a successor to a boss of Kiely's calibre. But Kiely was not for turning. He wanted to be shot of the place before mid-June. Was he planning to leave the CRC in the lurch?

Normally, a board would expect at least six months notice to fill a position at this level. Kiely was neither old nor sick. Yet, without explanation, he was retiring more than three years early. Perhaps he sensed the trouble coming down the line? Perhaps he feared that the top-ups controversy was about to break.? If that was the case, he would have been wise to target an available and sympathetic successor to ensure a rapid transition.

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