Thursday 18 January 2018

New CRC boss faces Dail quiz on Kiely's pension

Mr Kiely who is ill will not be present for today’s meeting
Mr Kiely who is ill will not be present for today’s meeting

Shane Phelan and Eilish O'Regan

THE new board of the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) has yet to contact former chief executive Paul Kiely about the repayment of part of his €740,000 retirement package.

Kieran Timmins, the new chairman of the disability service, will appear before the Dail Committee on Public Accounts today.

He will respond to a report showing Mr Kiely, whose pension is paid from charity, had an overstated salary on his retirement last year because he was spared public service pay cuts.

Mr Timmins will say while it is the intention of the new board to write to Mr Kiely about the report's findings, the "calculations of payments to him are complex and require careful consideration and legal advice".

Mr Kiely, who is ill, will not be present for today's meeting. Former board chairman Hamilton Goulding is due to answer questions before the committee.

The committee will hear from the new board as well as the Health Service Executive (HSE) to discuss the report drawn up by HSE interim administrator John Cregan.


He revealed how the previous board had two streams of payroll, the one for executives spared them cuts in the public service part of their salaries.

It has emerged that Mr Cregan will face questions over the accuracy of his report today.

The criticisms were voiced by former chief executive Brian Conlan, who questioned the legal basis for today's hearing.

PAC chairman John McGuinness said the committee is to challenge Mr Cregan over the report.

But the committee is to strongly reject Mr Conlan's questioning of its right to investigate and it is expected a statement will be read out.

In a new letter to the PAC last night, Mr Conlan, through his solicitors, said it was his belief that the PAC has been engaged in a process of public character assassination in relation to its CRC investigation.

The letter heavily criticised that his previous letter made its way into the pages of the Irish Independent, saying it was disgraceful behaviour, which has brought the standing of the committee into disrepute.

Mr Conlan's lawyer's said that on foot of the leak of the letter, which they conclude came from the committee, he would not be appearing at the hearing.

The committee is investigating how Mr Kiely came to receive a pension deal of €742,000 on his departure from the role.

Irish Independent

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