Furious families insist Kiely hand back €742k pension pot

Furious CRC families have insisted axed chief executive Paul Kiely must hand back all charity money diverted to pay his lucrative pension packet.

Furious families insist Kiely hand back €742k  pension  pot

Sources close to the controversial official, who has been accused of repeatedly misleading a Dáil investigation into the scandal, have suggested he may be willing to give back €150,000 of the €742,025 package.

This payout is linked to a €700,000 transfer from the CRC’s charity wing.

However, despite the apparent gesture, which the HSE has yet to be contacted about in any way by Mr Kiely, families and service-users dependent on the CRC said it does not go far enough.

“Any of the money that came from the charity [Friends and Supporters of the CRC] should be returned in full. It should never have been given to him initially,” Lorraine Dempsey, chairwoman of the Special Needs Parents Association insisted.

“Ultimately, whether he gives back part of that package or not doesn’t absolve any of the mistakes of judgment or deliberate actions that have gone on.

“It just doesn’t appease the fundamental questions of how his contract was done up in the first place, when that salary was initially established, and how he ended up getting a salary more than 100% above the HSE’s understanding,” the campaigner said.

She added that the “impetus is on Kiely” to formally confirm the offer to the HSE and not the other way around, as “there have been public requests for him to do this already”.

If such a formal offer emerges, reports yesterday suggested it will only come after the ousted CRC chief executive meets with his own lawyers.

As Dáil public accounts committee revelations have uncovered, Mr Kiely’s pension is almost four times higher than he claimed under questioning last December.

Last Thursday, it emerged his alleged €200,000 pension is in fact €742,025, agreed by the then CRC board on May 25 last year.

On the eve of last week’s PAC meeting, interim HSE administrator at the CRC, John Cregan, said: “The payments to Mr Kiely could not have been made by the CRC if €700,000 had not been received from the Friends and Supporters [charity wing].”

Service user Ruairi Meyler, 17, who has cerebral palsy, said the money must be returned.

“I would say give it all back, my thinking behind that is I don’t think he’s entitled to that money, but I would like to see it used properly and in the right places.

“There seems to be a tremendous sense of self-entitlement in this,” Mr Meyler said.

“As James Reilly and others will know because they’re in politics, people do publicity stunts or these gestures to get favour and show the public you’re not really that bad,” he said.

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