Tuesday 20 March 2018

Chief executive who quit job 'in best interests' of clinic

Brian Conlan
Brian Conlan
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

BRIAN Conlan's reign as chief executive of the Central Remedial Clinic may have been brief, but he served on the charity's board of directors for almost a decade.

He quit the job yesterday, saying that he believed it was in "the best interests" of the CRC that the new boss should not have any association with "legacy matters" at the charity.

Mr Conlan said he wasn't in the country when the row over top-ups to a number of executives' salaries erupted in recent weeks but that he resigned within 24 hours of returning.

The controversy has been focused on the top-up paid to his predecessor, Paul Kiely, whose €106,000 was topped up with €136,000 in funds donated by the public, in breach of public sector pay rules.

Mr Conlan, who assumed the job last July, did not benefit from any such top-up as his pay complied with HSE caps but it was the 58-year-old who became the first casualty of the row that currently blights the charity.

A chartered accountant, he began his career at Aer Lingus, where he worked for 16 years from the late 1970s. He later worked at Dublin's Mater Hospital for almost 20 years as its financial controller and then its deputy ceo.

He was its chief executive for the last eight of those years before taking early retirement in December 2012.

His LinkedIn page states that one of his "major achievements" was the opening of the new €300m extension to the adult hospital at the Mater.

In a statement on his resignation last night, Mr Conlan said: "I believe that there should be full transparency within the charitable sector with regard to how all funds raised, both private and public, are spent and that all executive remuneration should be within HSE guidelines."

He added that he hoped the CRC would take the opportunity "to start afresh with a clean slate" and continue to provide services for people with disabilities.

Irish Independent

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