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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Ex-Rehab boss Angela Kerins will have 'no say' whether she appears at PAC

Ex Rehab boss Angela Kerins
Ex Rehab boss Angela Kerins

Shane Phelan Public Affairs Editor

FORMER Rehab Group chief executive Angela Kerins has been slapped down by the public spending watchdog after seeking to make a submission to a Dail committee which is deciding whether she should be compelled to give evidence.

Lawyers for the former charity boss, who stepped down last month following controversy over her €234,000 salary and other issues at the group, wrote to the Dail's Public Accounts Committee asking if she could have an input into the decision making process.

The PAC is seeking to have Ms Kerins compelled to attend a hearing after she failed to do so last month, citing illness.

But it must first get approval from another committee, the Dail Committee on Procedure and Privileges, which effectively sets Dail rules.

PAC chairman John McGuinness said today Ms Kerins could not have any say in the moves to force her to appear.

He said her solicitors had written to the committee, asking if she can have any input in the plans to seek compellability.

But he indicated she has been told that the legal process involves TDs only and that she cannot have any input.

Mr McGuinness said the committee may have to wait until the summer recess before it receives a decision on its compellability request.

It is also seeking to compel another former Rehab chief executive, Frank Flannery, to appear after he refused to do so.

Mr Flannery said that while he was willing to attend the PAC, the agenda the committee wished to pursue was outside its remit and as a result he had no no alternative but to decline.

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