Thursday 18 January 2018

Taoiseach comes under fire over Rehab during Leaders’ questions

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THE Taoiseach came under fire in Leaders’ Questions over questions raised about the sale of Rehab lottery scratch cards, and also the payment of bonuses to staff in Irish Water.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams urged the government to accept the private bill tabled by Sinn Fein on the regulation of the charity sector in the wake of revelations regarding the sale of Rehab lottery scratch cards. 

Mr Adams said the revelations made in the Dáil by Justice Minister Alan Shatter have “shocked the citizens”.

The Taoiseach confirmed that an interim regulator would be in place by “the end of February, adding, “charities area is one that I believe will come through this to a much safer, more justifiable, more accountable and transparent system”. He added that he had made a private visit to the Central Remedial Clinic last week and revealed that many of the staff “were distraught at the nauseating spectacle that they saw”.

Mr Kenny was also asked about what he described as the lack of information coming from the government on the payments of bonuses to staff in Irish Water. “The perception is that there was an inside track, a club of sorts operating in terms of the recruiting practises. That’s what people believe,” said Mr Martin.

The Taoiseach said that Environment Minister Phil Hogan has written the CEO of Irish Water to ask for the information “relevant to remuneration, pay conditions,” adding that the information will be made public.

Mr Kenny said that the coalition had to contend with many financial problems when they entered government almost three years ago. “On coming into government many of the political carpets that have been lifted, many of the financial carpets that have been lifted in the past period have been infested with maggots”.

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