Kerins: PAC vendetta led to suicide attempt
Former Rehab Group chief executive Angela Kerins has claimed that "bullying, harassment and persecution" led by members of the Dáil's spending watchdog forced her to attempt suicide.
She said she came to the "totally irrational" decision to end her own life as she believed it was the only way to end the controversy surrounding Rehab.
Ms Kerins (58), from Blackrock, Co Dublin, fell unconscious after taking a large quantity of pills and some alcohol and would have died had a work colleague not broken into her home after becoming concerned.
The suicide attempt came following a bruising appearance by Ms Kerins at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
The shocking revelation was made in the High Court as Ms Kerins began an action for damages. She claimed members of the PAC had pursued a "vendetta" against her.
Referring to the suicide attempt, she said in an affidavit: "At the time I was very angry that I did not succeed."