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Thursday 18 January 2018

No PAC appearance before report

Q THE Dail's spending watchdog has delayed calling in representatives of the Rehab Group as it is awaiting a report on its funding from a government agency.

The Public Accounts Committee has already received reports from the Department of Justice and the Health Service Executive (HSE), but has yet to get a report from Solas, the former FAS, on the funding it provides Rehab.

At a hearing yesterday, committee member Shane Ross pressed for a date to be set for Rehab's appearance before the committee following controversy over the poor performance of its lottery scratch cards and the refusal of Rehab Group chief executive Angela Kerins to disclose her salary.

However, chairman John McGuinness insisted it was too early to set a date.

He said committee members would have to consider reports from the funding bodies before deciding when to call in Rehab.

"It will be up to the members when they see the information," he said.

Any hearing is also likely to require the attendance of officials from the HSE, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education.

Irish Independent

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