Tuesday 24 October 2017

Salary for new CRC chief to be €156k less than her predecessor

Former CRC chief executive Paul Kiely and (inset) new chief executive Stephanie Manahan
Former CRC chief executive Paul Kiely and (inset) new chief executive Stephanie Manahan

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

THE salary of the new chief executive of the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) will be €156,000 lower than the sum controversially paid to predecessor Paul Kiely, who received top-ups from charity funds.

Stephanie Manahan, who has been recruited to take over the troubled disability service is to be paid €86,761 when she takes up her post next month.

The CRC was at the centre of scandal after it emerged its former chief executive Paul Kiely was on an annual salary of €106,000 plus a top of up €136,000, paid for from its charity arm, the Friends and Supporters of the Central Remedial Clinic.

The revelations about the CRC top-ups to Mr Kiely and a number of its other senior managers were first revealed in the Irish Independent.

It was announced yesterday that a new board of directors has also been appointed after members with a range of expertise were chosen by an independent agency.

Ms Manahan, who is an occupational therapist by profession is the deputy manager of Connolly Hospital in Dublin.

In a statement yesterday the new board chairman Kieran J Timmins she was appointed after a "rigorous selection process" through the Public Appointments Services (PAS).

A spokeswoman for the clinic said the salary is "per the Department of Health and Department Public Expenditure and Reform agreed paid scales".

She said Ms Manahan will not be entitled to any extras such as a car allowance.

Mr Kiely, who took early retirement last year was succeeded as chief executive by Brian Conlan, a former chief executive of the Mater hospital and CRC board member.

His State salary was €83,000 but it was also topped up to bring it to €125,000. He has since resigned.

Ms Manahan said yesterday the CRC staff "have a long tradition, over 60 years, of providing excellent services and support to children and adults with physical disabilities".

She added that her focus will be to further build on this great work and to continually emphasise to staff that the recent governance issues in the CRC "in no way reflects on the fantastic work they undertake, day-in and day-out, for the children and adults who attend the clinic." The CRC is now being run on an interim basis by an administrator from the Health Service Executive (HSE) who is to finalise a report next month arising out of his examination of how it was run and managed.

Mr Timmins who is chief executive of of SmartCentric Technologies International Ltd said the new board of governors, who will not be paid, is competency-based.

Other members include Carol Ann Casey, the vice-chairman who is managing director of CA Compliance; a firm that specialises in human resources consulting and governance services.

The others are Emer Moriarty Crowley, a senior corporate lawyer, specialising in corporate law and governance; Damien Daly, director of marketing and customer analytics at Bank of Ireland Group; Tom Fleming,director of human resources at Volkswagen Group Ireland; Sean Hickey, head of information technology for Boots Contract Manufacturing.

It also includes Malcolm MacLachlan, Prof of Global Health at Trinity College Dublin and Extraordinary Professor of Rehabilitation at Stellenbosch University, South Africa; Chris McEllhinney, a chartered accountant and Tom Quinn, a qualified barrister and is retired having served as RTÉ Group Secretary.

Mr Timmins said the report of the interim administrator is due to be presented to the director general of the HSE in the coming weeks.

Irish Independent

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