CRC pay and pension report to go to PAC in March

A dossier of evidence relating to pay, pension, and other issues at the Central Remedial Clinic is being prepared by the HSE’s interim administrator and will be presented to the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee by the end of March.

CRC pay and pension report to go to PAC in March

Administrator John Cregan is undertaking a massive trawl of documentation at the office since the HSE stepped in following the resignation of the entire board amid controversy last month.

Among the documents understood to still be missing are the minutes of a remuneration committee meeting of the CRC board which recommended the awarding of a payoff amounting to over €740,000 for retiring chief executive Paul Kiely early last year.

The decision to award the payoff was made at a meeting of the board last March, but no documentation of the recommendation on which it based its decision has been found.

Mr Cregan is also searching through accounts or bank statements in an effort to get a full picture of how money was spent at the disability service.

Details of top-up payments to senior staff, as well as the pension payment to Mr Kiely using charity funds, emerged during hearings of the Dáil’s PAC.

PAC chairman John McGuinness met Mr Cregan and visited the CRC in Dublin yesterday. He said staff there were co-operative in the search for information.

“They were horrified by some of the stuff they read in the papers and anxious to get to the bottom of it,” said Mr McGuinness. “Many of them have taken pay cuts themselves.”

Mr Cregan has pledged to compile a report, with recommendations and documentation, by the end of March. “We will arrange an immediate hearing after we get that report and based on that evidence,” said Mr McGuinness.

Mr Cregan is likely to appear before the committee. Members are also keen for Mr Kiely and board members involved in awarding his payoff also give evidence.

HSE director general Tony O’Brien said last week that Mr Cregan was carrying out a “detailed investigation”.

Mr O’Brien said there as a large amount of documentation to wade through, but that the HSE would “follow this investigation to the bitter end”.

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