Ruairi Quinn calls for CRC board members to resign over top-ups controversy
Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has called on the board of the Central Remedial Clinic to resign after it emerged that public donations have been used to top-up salaries.
It emerged yesterday that charitable funds raised by a separate company, the Friends and Supporters of the Remedial Clinic, was funding the controversial top ups and Minister Quinn believes that CRC board members should stand down over the controversy.
"I think the example I have given is utterly unacceptable," Minster Quinn told RTE's Drivetime.
"Everyone in the public sector has had reductions of pay, and certainly there's been a pay cap that voluntary organisations that receive substantial money from the taxpayer through the relevant Government departments are not an exception to that rule.
"Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan have made that very clear."
Many parents of special needs are 'disgusted' with the fact that the Central Remedial Clinic used charity donations to fund top-up payments for well-paid staff members.
The CRC is separately under fire for their pensions scheme.
Chair of the Special Needs Parents Association Lorraine Dempsey explained that many donors would be 'pulling the plug' on their charitable donations for fear that the funds would be misappropriated.
"We already know parents who are connected with the CRC who would have been involved with fundraising through their annual Santa bear appeal and they're now pulling the plug on their support because they're looking at, 'Is it a top-up to a CEOs salary' or is it for their own family."