Saturday 24 February 2018

Ex-Rehab chief faces renewed pressure from PAC

Former Rehab Group chief executive Frank Flannery
Former Rehab Group chief executive Frank Flannery

Daniel McConnell, Political Correspondent

FORMER Rehab chief executive and Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery is to be reinvited to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Mr Flannery (pictured below), controversially did not appear last Thursday when a Rehab delegation were before the committee, but was spotted around Leinster House that day.

Yesterday, the committee agreed to again request that Mr Flannery and members of the Rehab remuneration committee appear before them.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny repeated his view that Mr Flannery should appear before the PAC.

"I have answered that question in the affirmative already," he said in Brussels.

Mr Flannery said last weekend that he would not appear before the committee.

The embattled charity has been given until next Thursday to disclose full salary details of senior executives to PAC, and sources last night suggested Rehab will comply.

A private session was required over the legal basis of a document, containing salary details of senior Rehab executives, which was handed into PAC by HSE director general Tony O'Brien, who was acting 'under privilege'.

However, because of data protection issues, those details have yet to be made public.

It has since emerged the legal basis upon which the information was provided is now in dispute.

The HSE, in fresh correspondence to the PAC seen by the Irish Independent, has blamed the PAC for effectively misrepresenting which act of legislation the salary information was being sought under.

Irish Independent

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