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MEETING: Rehab chief Angela Kerins arrives at the Dail. Photo: Tom Burke

MEETING: Rehab chief Angela Kerins arrives at the Dail. Photo: Tom Burke

MEETING: Rehab chief Angela Kerins arrives at the Dail. Photo: Tom Burke

UNDER-FIRE Rehab boss Angela Kerins is entitled a bonus worth up to €84,000 on top of her €240,000 salary but does not claim it, she has revealed.

Ms Kerins told a bad-tempered Dail committee meeting that although her contract allows for a bonus of between 30pc and 35pc of her salary, she has not claimed the payment for the past four years.

Rehab released details of Ms Kerins' salary last week following weeks of controversy over pay for charity bosses.

She was before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday where TDs were critical of the failure of Rehab to bring its remuneration committee and its former chief executive, Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery, in for questioning on his pension package and the €77,000 he charged Rehab for consultancy services in 2011 and 2012.

Independent TD Shane Ross described the appearance of Rehab executives as "worthless".

Mrs Kerins said her pay was set by a remuneration committee and she had no input.

She pointed out the average chief executive salary at semi-states in 2011 was €291,000.

Mrs Kerins admitted that the controversy over the non- disclosure, until last week, of her salary had a negative impact on public confidence.

"I really wish to some degree that we had come out with my salary level a little earlier," she said.

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But when committee members pressed for further details about her salary,she said: "I have already given a lot of personal information. I am really not prepared to go any further with this."

Last night, Rehab was unable to clarify whether other executives were taking bonuses or had their bonuses bought out by the group, having earlier stone-walled officials at the PAC on questions about salary levels.

PAC chairman John McGuinness last night called on Rehab to release the details of the pay of senior staff within days.

HNEWS@HERALD.IE


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