Ex-CRC chief will not return €740,000 deal
Paul Kiely, the former chief executive of the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC)in Dublin, will not be returning any of his controversial €740,000 retirement package, it was confirmed yesterday.
A spokesman for the CRC said Mr Kiely confirmed in legal correspondence that he had decided not to return the money.
"The board had considered legal action to recoup some of the money. However, on foot of legal advice received from junior and senior counsel, the board concluded that the cost of taking the case would outweigh the amount it would recoup," he told the Irish Independent.
He was speaking as the disability organisation launched a five-year strategic plan in the wake of the top-up controversy which engulfed it in 2014.
It emerged more than two years ago that Mr Kiely had a retirement deal which was paid for by charity funds from the Friends and Supporters of the Central Remedial Clinic. The Central Remedial Clinic made the deal with Mr Kiely in a bid to save €367,000 but did not tell its main funder, the HSE, about it.
Mr Kiely was on a salary of €242,000 - €135,000 of which was paid for by donors.
Launching 'Towards 21. The Plan' yesterday, the current chief executive Stephanie Manahan, who is paid a salary of €88,279, said it plans to develop more broadly based disability services.
Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath said: "I welcome the fact that the CRC has taken the time to review their values and objectives as an organisation and has developed a strategic plan which will take them into the next decade.
"It meets the needs of over 4,000 children and adults with disabilities, some of whom have complex needs, with the excellent services provided at its schools in Clontarf and in Clondalkin," added Mr McGrath.
The scheme will involve working closely with the HSE, the City of Dublin Education and Training Board, clients and their families to deliver services within people's own communities.
It also plans to develop and strengthen national specialist services in areas such as their gait and movement analysis lab, assistive technology and specialised seating, national clinical specialist services for people with complex physical disabilities and national outreach support.