Saturday 25 November 2017

Taoiseach: CRC revelations are 'startling'

Taoiseach Enda Kenny,TD
Taoiseach Enda Kenny,TD
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

The Taoiseach has described the revelations relating to Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) salary top-ups which emerged yesterday at an Oireachtas committee as "startling".

He said, "There were some startling revelations. I understand the Board have gone off to consider their positions."

During a five-hour grilling of three board members of the disability organisation at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), it was revealed that funds raised from public donations to the Friends and Supporters of CRC have been used to pay former CEO Paul Kiely's pension.

Seven members of the committee called for the board to resign in the wake of the controversy over charitable funds being used to  top up the salaries of CRC executives. And although he hasn't called outright for resignations, today the Taoiseach gave a clear indication that the board is in an untenable position. "I think that the PAC in doing its five-hour analysis and engagement with them yesterday left nobody in any doubt about what should be done here," he said.

"Clearly this has been a shock to so many people who gave, and gave of their monies, in this case to CRC, in the understanding that it was going for children and adults who needed the facilities and the care that is being provided," he added.

Mr Kenny was speaking at a sod-turning ceremony for a new phase of the development of the Grangegorman DIT campus which will provide 200 new jobs for the construction industry.

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