Friday 15 December 2017

Disability charity reported to watchdog

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Parents whose children attend one of the disability services provided by St John of God have made a complaint to the Charity Regulator about the salary top-ups that it paid senior executives over many years.

The children of the parents attend St John of God Kildare Services, which provides day, educational, residential and respite care.

They are angry at the organisation, which gets around €130m in funding a year from the HSE, after it emerged St John of God paid additional salary rises amounting to a potential €12m over several decades from its own resources while imposing cuts on services.

The HSE, which is under fire for failing to identify the top-ups until a whistleblower forced it to investigate, has now said it wants the organisation to pay the €12m into the services for disability and mental health care.

In response, the St John of God organisation said it has directly subsidised services with investment of €16m over the past four years.

It said the portion of the salaries paid to executives was funded by way of a management charge paid by the order "therefore did not result in an additional cost to the Exchequer".

Irish Independent

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