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Friday 23 August 2019

Departing Rehab staff got €3.2m in redundancy

Rehab chief executive Mo Flynn
Rehab chief executive Mo Flynn

Gordon Deegan

One departing staff member at Rehab received salary and redundancy payments of between €320,000 and €330,000 last year.

Rehab's annual report shows that the charity paid out a redundancy sum of €3.2m to its departing staff, contributing to the organisation recording losses of €6.36m last year.

The organisation was mired in controversy that culminated in the resignation of chief executive Angela Kerins in April 2014, and a new board being appointed five months later.

Ms Kerins - who was on a salary of €240,000 - resigned citing the toll the controversy surrounding the charity group had taken on it and her own personal life.

Now the organisation's 2014 annual report shows that the controversy contributed to the losses of €6.36m last year.

This followed Rehab recording a surplus of €1.5m in 2013 - a negative swing of €7.86m.

The report shows that the controversy around Rehab last year badly hit its fundraising activities - with the amount raised through 'local fundraising' reducing by 63pc from €3.8m to €1.45m.

The €3.2m redundancy pay-out to its best-paid staff allowed one employee to receive, through salary and redundancy payments, between €320,000 and €330,000 last year.

Four others received between €220,000 and €250,000.

A note attached to the accounts states that two former employees' details have been redacted from the report, as they withdrew consent of disclosure of details that might identify them. The report states: "Having taken legal advice and consulted with the Data Protection Commissioner, the directors have redacted their details."

Rehab would not confirm yesterday if one of these former employees is Ms Kerins - the organisation last year stated that it could not reveal further details of her pay and pension arrangements for legal reasons.

The figures show that in 2014 the highest paid member of staff received a salary between €160,000 and €170,000 with another earning between €150,000 and €160,000.

Two others earned between €140,000 and €150,000. In total, 15 staff members earned over €100,000.

However, Rehab's new CEO Mo Flynn, who is on a salary of €140,000, is now the top earner in the organisation.

This followed Rehab agreeing new pay levels from the start of this year - representing an average salary reduction of 18.55pc for top earners.

A spokeswoman for Rehab said yesterday that the organisation is on course to record a deficit of €1.6m in 2015.

In total last year, Rehab made 50 workers redundant in support, functions, fundraising and management positions.

Irish Independent

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