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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Minister believes embattled Rehab director's position is 'untenable'

Rehab director Frank Flannery at Leinster House
Rehab director Frank Flannery at Leinster House
Equality Minister Kathleen Lynch
Mary Lou McDonald TD. Picture: Tom Burke

A government minister has said embattled Rehab director Frank Flannery's position is "untenable".

Kathleen Lynch, the Minister for Disability, Older People, Equality & Mental Health said "her personal opinion" is that Mr Flannery cannot continue his position.

Mr Flannery is poised to quit the board of the charity in an effort to reduce pressure on the organisation.

His dual role on the board and as a Fine Gael strategist is putting huge pressure on both the charity and the party, amid the ongoing controversy over salaries at Rehab.

Minister Lynch was speaking on RTE's Morning Ireland today.

She said: "I believe people have to be open and transparent about her positions."

"My personal opinion is it's not [tenable] but it's very much a decision Mr Flannery has to make."

Meanwhile Sinn Fein TD Mary Lou McDonald, a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) says Mr Flannery is not currently compelled to come before the committee.

However, she said "if necessary, that is something the committee can do (compel him to appear).

She stressed that both the Taoiseach and the Tanaiste are of the view that Mr Flannery must appear at the PAC.

She said he has already received direct communications from PAC, asking him to appear.

Ms McDonald said the committee is "anxious to know" the extent of the business dealings between Rehab and Complete Eco Solutions.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is understood to be "seething" with Mr Flannery over his handling of the Rehab affair.

It comes as salary payments of up to €150,000 to senior executives at Rehab are revealed for the first time.

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