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BOSS: Rehab CEO Angela Kerins told TDs her salary was €240,000

BOSS: Rehab CEO Angela Kerins told TDs her salary was €240,000

BOSS: Rehab CEO Angela Kerins told TDs her salary was €240,000

UNDER-fire charity Rehab made a profit of only €468 from scratch card sales of €3.4m in 2012, it has been revealed.

Documents show that the minuscule profit recorded by Rehab Lotteries that year was made on sales of 1.9 million scratch cards.

The group has received more than €32m since 2007 as part of a deal with the State to compensate charities following the setting up of the National Lottery.

The new revelations about the poor performance of scratch cards will heap further pressure on the embattled disability charity and commercial group run by Angela Kerins, which has been mired in controversy in recent weeks.

The matter is set to be discussed at today's meeting of the Dail's Public Accounts Committee, which is expected to recall Rehab executives amid unhappiness about the quality of information provided by the charity on the salaries and pensions of its management.

The committee is also set to write directly to former Rehab chief executive Frank Flannery, who claimed yesterday he was not formally invited to the last hearing.

Mr Flannery resigned from the Rehab board and from his position as a Fine Gael election strategist earlier this week amid controversy over his non-appearance at the PAC to answer questions about his pension.

Rehab, which has challenged Justice Minister Alan Shatter's decision to phase out the compensation fund in the High Court, said both its scratch card and bingo products were "experiencing great difficulties in generating sales".

This was in part due to "unfair restrictions" which mean charity lotteries can only have a maximum prize fund of €20,000 in any one week, a spokesperson said.

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