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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Board to face more questions on salary policies

Brian Conlan
Brian Conlan

Eilish O'Regan and Cormac McQuinn

MEMBERS of the Central Remedial Clinic board (CRC) are facing fresh questions over the salary level it set for its new chief executive appointed in July.

The salary of €125,000 was in excess of the €83,252 set by the HSE for the post after the retirement of former chief executive Paul Kiely and the appointment of his successor Brian Conlan.

Mr Conlan confirmed last night that any overpayment received since his appointment in July has been repaid to the HSE.

News of the scale of the higher salary -- paid from HSE funds -- comes as acting CRC chairman Jim Nugent and other members of the board are due to appear before the Dail Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today to be grilled on the top-ups controversy.

The CRC board reached an agreement with the HSE in 2009 that it would phase out top-ups and pay its managers in line with HSE salary scales.


A spokesman for Mr Conlan, who was appointed chief executive in July and resigned on Monday, said he had paid back the salary overpayment to the HSE.

"Mr Conlan received no top-up payments," he insisted. When he was appointed his salary was "higher than HSE guidelines for medical institutions of a similar size", he added.

Mr Conlan has refused an invitation to appear before the PAC today saying he "has no information whatsoever that the existing directors of the CRC don't already possess and can make known to the committee".

The delegation to appear before the PAC will not include its former chief executive Paul Kiely, who received a top-up of €136,000 in addition to his state salary of €100,000.

Mr Kiely's top-up and those of five existing managers was paid from charity funds raised through the Friends and Supporters of the Central Remedial Clinic.

He was not at his home in north Dublin yesterday and has made no public statement arising from the top-up storm.

It is one of many voluntary agencies and hospitals which are paying salary top-ups to managers which have not been sanct-ioned by the Department of Public Expenditure.

Irish Independent

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