Kerins associate quits Rehab after pay cut request

A close associate of ex-Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins has quit her post in the charity, just weeks after she was asked to take an 18.5% pay cut on her six-figure salary.

Staff at the high-profile group were told of the departure of Marie Kelly in a memo yesterday from new chairman, Sean Egan.

The correspondence, seen by the Irish Examiner, states Ms Kelly “has decided to leave” her role as director of education, training and employment services at the organisation, which spent much of the past 12 months under fire over high level pay for senior bosses.

The letter said the official, who headed up the Rehab-linked National Learning Network and was previously financial controller and director of finance in Rehab Care during a 17-year period at the charity, was leaving for unspecified reasons at the end of this month.

“Rehab has previously announced that the pay level of several senior posts within the management team of Rehab will be reduced effective from January 1, 2015,” the spokesperson said.

“These changes have been made in co-operation with senior management and represent an average base salary reduction of 18.5%.

“Ms Kelly’s future plans are a private matter but she has been a valued member of our team and has contributed hugely to the organisation. Rehab wishes her continued success in her career,” the spokesperson said. It is unclear why exactly Ms Kelly — who Mr Egan described as a “very valued” member of staff — has decided to leave.

However, it is understood she was asked to take an 18.5% pay cut on her six-figure salary in recent weeks as part of major changes at the organisation.

Ms Kelly came to public prominence when she flanked former Rehab chief executive Ms Kerins, at a Dáil public accounts committee meeting in late February.

While Ms Kelly and Rehab director of health and social services Laura Keane, who also attended, declined to reveal their income to the PAC, Rehab confirmed two weeks later both officials were earning more than €150,000 a year.

Although Rehab has undergone reforms since serious concerns over high-level salaries for senior officials emerged, the issue remains in the public eye.

Ms Kerins is currently taking a legal case against the PAC and individual members over claims the body mistreated her during questioning and overstepped its public money watchdog remit.

The PAC has been told by the Dáil it may use public money to fight the case.


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