When Rehab pays €234,000 to its boss, it looks more like a business
Generosity is a defining characteristic of the Irish, in good times and in bad. People's inherent decency has withstood the social divisions caused by the economic collapse – a setback which robbed us of much, but not the capacity to recognise there is always someone else worse off.
Throughout the recession, we have continued to buy charity scratch cards or raffle tickets and throw coins into collection buckets. Donations slowed down but never screeched to a halt – people still struggled to give.
Abruptly, however, the public mood has clouded over. Confidence in the charity sector is shaken, and charities have entered a difficult phase. Unfortunately, it is a bed of nails fashioned by themselves.