Monday 20 November 2017

Maeve Sheenan: Torrid meeting sealed board's fate

The scandal at the CRC has finally put the spotlight on the long-unregulated charity sector, writes Maeve Sheehan

(L to r) David Martin of the CRC Former CRC chief executive Paul Kiely Chairman and current interim chief executive of the CRC, Jim Nugent following a Public Accounts Committee meeting (PAC) to examine top-up payments at the CRC in Leinster House, Dublin
(L to r) David Martin of the CRC Former CRC chief executive Paul Kiely Chairman and current interim chief executive of the CRC, Jim Nugent following a Public Accounts Committee meeting (PAC) to examine top-up payments at the CRC in Leinster House, Dublin
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

AFTER four hours of fraught questioning of the charity bosses who used public donations to top up executives' salaries, the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) called a 15-minute break.

The room emptied. The Sinn Fein TD Mary Lou McDonald stayed behind to make a call. She was talking loudly into her mobile phone when the trio of beleaguered bosses of the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) wandered back inside.

James Nugent, the well-spoken chairman of the CRC and Fianna Fail supporter, scrolled through his mobile phone. Another director, David Martin, a solicitor who acted for corrupt former Fianna Fail minister Ray Burke at the planning tribunal, paced about.

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