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Saturday 17 March 2018

'I never asked for €140k' - Rehab chief Mo Flynn defends salary

Mo Flynn, CEO of Rehab
Mo Flynn, CEO of Rehab

David Kearns

Rehab chief Mo Flynn has no plans to reduce her €140,000 salary, saying it is compares favourably to “other public sector charity jobs”.

The former CEO of Our Lady’s Hospice earns €100,000 less than her predecessor Angela Kerins, who was step down in April 2014 amid controversy over her €240,000 salary and several issues relating to how the disability charity and commercial group was being run.

Read More: Rehab continuing to suffer from a 'significant' downturn in public donations, says new boss

Speaking this morning to The Marian Finucane Show, Ms Flynn said her salary had been set before she took under her role as CEO at Rehab, adding that she had made no attempt to negotiate a pay raise.

“Personally, it’s comparable to salaries in other public sector charitable jobs doing similar work for the size of the job.

“So I wouldn’t be expecting that it would increase, I’m not doing that, but I think it’s comparable in terms of what the requirements of the job are.”

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Asked if she had any plans to reduce the €140,000 figure, Ms Flynn said she felt it matched the “scale of the job.”

“There’s over three and a half thousand employees, we’re operating in five different jurisdictions, 250 different places. There’s a heck of a lot of management responsibility and accountability involved in delivering that.”

Following the departure of former chief executive Angela Kerins, Rahab pledged to cut salaries for high level staff by an average of 18.5 pc, and said no one will earn more than Ms Flynn.

The group has said it would publish details of all salaries over €65,000 annually.

Read More: Senior Rehab executives to have pay slashed by 18.5pc

Ms Flynn admitted the group had continued to suffer from a “significant” downturn in public donations, and that it was continuing to feel the fallout from the controversy over Ms Kerins’ salary.

However, she said the work continues, and that the charity was focusing on boosting co-ordination of local services to ensure people with disabilities can live independently in their own homes.

She admitted that Rebab was encountering difficulties in terms of the rental market and also the public’s attitude towards living next to someone with a disability.

Adding: “It’s been a challenge we hadn’t quite anticipated, but it’s one we had to deal.”

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