Sunday 18 March 2018

Gruelling day of Angela's Clashes as Kerins and McDonald stand ground

Mary Lou McDonald TD. Picture: Tom Burke
Mary Lou McDonald TD. Picture: Tom Burke

THE lads just sat back quietly and watched. One could almost sense the relief rising off them that they weren't getting the frosty third-degree from either of the formidable women who were locked in politely mortal combat in the crowded committee room.

The members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) weren't in the best of moods from the get-go, after a lawyer representing Rehab had warned that any detailed discussion on the salaries of the group's senior executives was strictly verboten.

This, of course, was precisely what the likes of Mary Lou McDonald, Shane Ross, Kieran O'Donnell and the rest of the PAC wanted to chew over with Rehab's generously-remunerated boss, Angela Kerins, who currently takes home a well-stuffed pay-packet of €240,000. And this figure only crawled into the public domain after it was dragged kicking and screaming out of the Rehab Group following a torrid spell of political pressure.

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