'Formidable lady' finds spotlight on her salary
After many years of networking, Kerins faces a bumpy time ahead, writes Maeve Sheehan
When Angela Kerins became chief executive of Rehab in 2006 at the age of 47, conspirators in Fianna Fail muttered about her being a decoy to deflect attention from the heavy Fine Gael presence at the top of the disability charity.
If the Central Remedial Clinic was perceived as a north Dublin Fianna Fail gig, then Rehab was its south side Fine Gael counterpart.
Frank Flannery, a longstanding Fine Gael strategist, had been its chief executive for 25 years. The late Enda Marron, a trustee of Fine Gael, the late Colm Allen, a barrister and party fund-raiser, and John Hussey, a brother-in-law of the Fine Gael minister Gemma Hussey, were on the board.