Friday 23 February 2018

Ex-boss may have pension reduced

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

THE former Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) chief executive who received an early retirement package of €740,000 paid from charity funds may have his pension reduced – although this is unlikely.

HSE official John Cregan, who audited the disability agency, said Paul Kiely's pension was calculated on an overstated salary because it did not take into account public service pay cuts which he was spared by the board.

His salary of €223,849 was €49,745 higher than it should have been and may have been lower still if the cuts in pay imposed under the Haddington Road deal were added on.


Mr Kiely (63) had a State salary of €101,000 and the rest came from the fundraising arm of the disability service, the Friends and Supporters of the Central Remedial Clinic.

He received a €200,000 tax-free lump sum and another sum of €273,000 which was taxable. A further €268,000 had to be taken from the charity arm, the Friends and Supporters of the Central Remedial Clinic, to ensure he would get a pension of nearly €100,000 a year.

Mr Cregan said said the legal advice is that the CRC cannot revisit the pension calculations already in train.

A spokeswoman for the CRC was unable to say if the new board at its upcoming meeting will revisit Mr Kiely's retirement package and ask him to repay the difference in salary.

Health Minister James Reilly said last night: "If calculations have been incorrect it is reasonable for the taxpayer and the charity to seek a return of the money."

Irish Independent

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