Saturday 25 March 2017

Shane Ross: A legacy of 'stuffing' the patients

QUIZZED: (L to r) David Martin, Jim Nugent and Paul Kiely following a Public Accounts Committee meeting to examine top-up payments at the Central Remedial Clinic, in Leinster House, Dublin, last week
QUIZZED: (L to r) David Martin, Jim Nugent and Paul Kiely following a Public Accounts Committee meeting to examine top-up payments at the Central Remedial Clinic, in Leinster House, Dublin, last week

Shane Ross

What a legacy the departed directors of the Central Remedial Clinic will leave! Corporate Governance, Central Remedial Clinic-style, will be the font of many doctorates of philosophy in years to come.

There was a telling, but unreported, moment at the shoot-out at the Dail's Public Accounts Committee (Pac). When chairman John McGuinness suggested a break -- followed by an extension -- one of the Central Remedial Clinic's (CRC) three witnesses became a bit shirty. David Martin, the solicitor who sits on the board of the clinic, mentioned "the day job". He would have to move the deck chairs around.

McGuinness was not amused when he overheard it. The chair and the witness exchanged a few brisk words. Martin remarked that he had clients to meet and that he didn't get paid for being at the hearings.

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