Saturday 16 December 2017

Health committee urges Rehab board to publish Angela Kerins' salary

Angela Kerins, Chief Executive, Rehab Group. Photo: Damien Eagers
Angela Kerins, Chief Executive, Rehab Group. Photo: Damien Eagers

By Aishling Phelan

THE board of Rehab is considering demands from Health Committee chairman Jerry Buttimer and Taoiseach Enda Kenny to reveal its chief executive’s full salary.

Further pressure was put on the charity yesterday to disclose CEO Angela Kerins’ pay terms.


Mr Buttimer told RTÉ’s Prime Time last night that Rehab had to act sooner and divulge the full details of its finances.


Speaking from Davos yesterday, Mr Kenny said that where public money or donations were concerned people, ‘‘need to be confident that everything is above board, is accountable, transparent and they know that their donations are going to the purposes for which they were intended.’’


The Taoiseach sought to end public anxiety surrounding the finances of Irish charities in recent times.


Rehab Group chairman Brian Kerr said the issue of the CEO’s salary would be discussed at a special board meeting on February 17.


In a statement Mr Kerr said, ‘‘“I am however conscious of the public interest in this matter. I have decided, in response to today’s request from the Taoiseach and with the full agreement and encouragement of our CEO, Ms Angela Kerins, to consult with my fellow directors to consider disclosing again the details of the group CEO’s salary.”


Mr Buttimer said the chosen date in February was ‘‘a bit too long’’ and the full facts needed to be published in the public domain in the near future.


The CEO’s salary was €234,000 in 2011 but she has consistently refused to reveal her pay package ever since.


The Taoiseach said that he believed that charities would emerge stronger after the crisis was handled.


‘‘Out of all of this debacle, this nauseating spectacle…you will emerge with a stronger, clearer situation when the regulator is appointed,’’ Mr Kenny said.


Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore also called for all senior figures of charity organisations to make their remuneration packages public.


‘‘I am in favour of transparency. I am in favour of organisations making known in their accounts the salaries they pay to their CEOs.


‘‘I see no reason salaries paid to senior people in charitable organisations or other bodies should not be made available by way of public information,’’ he said.


The Health Service Executive told Prime Time it had written to Rehab and all other Section 39 organisations on December 10 telling them they will be required to disclose senior manager pay packages.


Rehab has claimed that it received no formal request from any relevant authority to disclose the salary of its CEO.

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