Saturday 20 January 2018

Many key figures at clinic had strong FF connections

Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

A NUMBER of figures at the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) have strong connections with Fianna Fail and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

They include members of Mr Ahern's 'Drumcondra Mafia', the organisation which ran his constituency, as well a former government minister.

The recently retired chief executive Paul Kiely was heavily involved in his constituency organisation.

A former board member at CIE, Mr Kiely was chief executive of CRC for 14 years up until 2012 and has remained on as a director.

Both he and Mr Ahern worked at the Mater Hospital together in the 1970s, as did the late former Fianna Fail senator Tony Kett.

Mr Kett, who was one of Mr Ahern's closest friends, was an administrator at CRC for a period.

Another board member, former banker Jim Nugent, was closely associated with Mr Ahern and told the Mahon Tribunal he gave him £2,500 as part of a whip around in 1993. He has been a director since 1998.

A former Fianna Fail chief whip, Vincent Brady, has also been a board member for the past 15 years. He was a TD for Dublin North Central from 1978 to 1992, when he retired from politics.

Then Taoiseach Charles Haughey appointed him defence minister in 1991.

Accountant Des Peelo, who acted for Mr Haughey, was also a board member from 1986 to 2010.

Irish Independent

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