Sunday 22 April 2018

Anger at heart of broken charity won't alone bring needed change

Ex-CEO Kerins broke rules, dominated her personal 'fiefdom' and sidelined the board.

Rehab chairman Brian Kerr
Rehab chairman Brian Kerr
Keith Poole faced the Public Accounts Committee over the charity scandal last week. Photos: Tom Burke
Daniel McConnell

Daniel McConnell

'W ill this be a problem if it gets into the public domain?" came the question from Rehab director Liam Hogan. It was early February 2010, and in the boardroom of Rehab Headquarters in Roslyn Park, Sandymount, directors of the charity's audit committee were gathered to discuss a controversial deal to purchase coffins from China.

Three months earlier, at a board meeting of the full Rehab group, ideas were considered as how to "replace the significant loss of business due to the economic downturn".

Then Rehab Director of Enterprise, Michael Horgan, told the board that he "had been in discussions with a company with a view to the importation of coffins" from China.

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