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'No idea' of CEO's salary, says director as pressure builds on Rehab bosses

A DIRECTOR of Rehab has admitted he does not know how much the charity's CEO Angela Kerins is paid.

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar this morning said Ms Kerins should disclose her salary in the company's annual accounts and report.

He said he did not think Rehab would be able to avoid answering the question.

Ms Kerins has refused to divulge what she is paid, even though taxpayers have forked out more than €10m to support the charity.

Today, Rehab Lotteries Ltd director John Maguire said he could not divulge the salaries of management.

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When pressed on Ms Kerins' salary, he said: "I don't have that information. It's not for me to comment on executive salaries, that's a matter for the Rehab group board."

Despite his apparent lack of knowledge of senior management salaries, Mr Maguire said the charity had a "very large payroll", with 3,000 employees in Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands, Poland and Saudi Arabia.

Mr Maguire, a former director of fundraising for the group, said the charity was 100pc transparent in its sales, prizes paid out, costs incurred and surpluses generated and in how those surpluses are applied to good causes, but he insisted he "can't comment on the salaries in the group".

He said the board on a previous occasion made a full declaration of what Ms Kerins' salary was at that time, and it was up to the group board if it wants to update that information.

"From memory, the figure was €230,000 at the time," he told Newstalk radio.

Mr Maguire would not comment on whether senior managers get bonuses or special pension arrangements.

Rehab Lotteries received €10.4m in taxpayers' money over the past three years to support its lottery and a radio bingo game.

The money effectively kept alive a "zombie" scratchcard operation which barely broke even in 2010 despite selling almost €4m worth of tickets.

Mr Maguire also said the charity is the real victim as the spotlight is shone on how the charity functions.

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"I'd be very surprised if public opinion is not on our side. We're the injured party and we are the victims," he said.

He insisted profits were low because the Government prize limit of €20,000 a week and the dominant position of the National Lottery had prevented Rehab from developing its lottery business.

Ms Kerins has snubbed the HSE probe into executive charity pay, even though her organisation received €126m in state funding between 2010 and 2012.

The review of high-level pay across the sector is being carried out in the wake of a massive controversy about top-ups paid to some charity chiefs.

Ms Kerins' refusal to co-operate is expected to accelerate plans by the Dail's Public Accounts Committee to quiz Rehab on its operations.

See Andrew Lynch, page 14


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