Monday 19 February 2018

HSE Director General says those responsible for controversial CRC pension pay-off will be held accountable

Tony O'Brien Director General of the HSE
Tony O'Brien Director General of the HSE

Aishling Phelan

Director General of the HSE Tony O’Brien insisted that those responsible for the controversial pension pay-off at the Central Remedial Clinic will be held accountable.

Speaking on RTE’s Today with Sean O’Rourke Mr O’Brien said, ‘‘There’s nothing normal at all about these arrangements, they’re completely abnormal.’’

‘‘One of the things we have to work out is who misled who, clearly it’s possible that some board members were acting under false information provided by others persons,'' he said.

The Health Service Executive has confirmed that it is taking legal advice in relation to the payments of over €740,000 which was made to the clinic’s former Chief Executive Paul Kiely.

‘‘In any event, we’re very concerned about whether or not the board had the right to make such decisions and the right to use funds in this way,’’ he added.

‘‘It’s premature to reach a definitive conclusion but certainly we’re looking at it from that angle.

‘‘We have had legal advice so far which indicates that we need to examine that even further and we will continue to do so,’’ he explained.

His comments came after revelations from the Public Accounts Committee yesterday.

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