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Rehab Group vows to probe claims 'as swiftly as possible'

THE Rehab Group has said allegations sent to gardai relating to people connected to the charity will be dealt with "as swiftly as possible".

The Garda Commissioner has been asked by the Dail's spending watchdog to examine the claims. The allegations are contained in a letter submitted to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) by former property developer John Kelly.

PAC chairman John McGuinness said: "The statement contains a number of serious allegations against individuals who have or had associations with Rehab Group."

Mr McGuinness said the allegations fell outside the committee's remit and "could involve criminal wrongdoing".

A spokesman for Rehab's board said it is not aware of the content of this letter, beyond what was published by the PAC.

"The board of the Rehab Group is very concerned that allegations have been made which reference Rehab, and will do everything in its power to ensure this matter is dealt with as swiftly as possible," said the spokesman.

The letter was forwarded to the committee on Tuesday by Dublin law firm Tom Casey Solicitors, acting on behalf of businessman Mr Kelly.

It contains a number of detailed allegations relating to proposed dealings.

One of the people referred to in the letter refuted the allegations made when contacted.

However, they declined to comment publicly and said legal advice was being sought.

Mr Kelly had been seeking to give evidence to the committee about dealings he had with people connected to Rehab.

The committee decided in a closed session yesterday not to call him and referred his concerns to gardai instead.

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Mr McGuinness said the document was now no longer considered "a document of the committee" and as a result the information contained in it was not protected by privilege.

The clerk of the committee, Ted McEnery, arranged for a copy of the letter to be sent directly to Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

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