Wednesday 21 February 2018

Former CRC chief earned more than Enda Kenny, President Higgins and David Cameron

Paul Kiely
Paul Kiely
Jason Kennedy

Jason Kennedy

The former chief executive of the Central Remedial Clinic earned more than the Taoiseach, President of Ireland and the British Prime Minister.

Former chief Paul Kiely's €275,000 salary, along with a €4m pension, which was boosted by charitable donations, and a €200,000 tax-free lump sum, means he will have earned more than many Irish, European and World political leaders.

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny earns around €200,000 after cutting his own salary from €214,000 not long after he came into office. He also cut salaries for the Tanaiste, who now earns around €184,000.

The former-CRC chief made more than President Michael D Higgins, who now earns close to €250,000 after taking a voluntary salary reduction of 23.5pc.

Mr Kiely also earned considerably more than British Prime Minister David Cameron, who makes €170,500 each year.

He made more than double Russian President Vladimir Putin's official salary and six times what former Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov made in a year.

Some other foreign political leaders he out-earns include South African President Jacob Zuma and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

He doesn't quite make as much as US President Barrack Obama, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott or German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Back at home, Mr Kiely earned more than any chief executive of a State-sponsored body or high-ranking secretary general.

Appearing before the Public Accounts Committee this week, current CRC chairman Jim Nugent said the board were "saddened" by the controversy.

"I very much regret the hurt that has permeated the organisation. We have visited many of the groups we work with and spent many hours listening to what they had to say," Mr Nugent said.

Irish Independent

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