INVITATIONS TO THE Rehab group’s former chief executive, Angela Kerins and former board member, Frank Flannery to appear before the Public Accounts Committee have been issued, but they are yet to confirm their attendance.
RTE News reports tonight the Rehab Group has written to them asking if they plan to attend the Public Accounts Committee next week.
Speaking to TheJournal.ie, John McGuinness, the chairman of the PAC said that the committee members had reiterated their invitation to Kerins, Flannery, the financial director and the remuneration committee to attend next week’s meeting and that “he fully expected them to attend”.
He said he was not aware that Rehab had written to them to confirm attendance, stating that the committee had not heard back yet as to whether they would attend.
Yesterday, Kerins stepped down from her role citing the toll the recent controversy has taken on her family and the charity.
He stated, however:
Regardless of Angela Kerins retirement, I expect her to come before us as she has information regarding the spending of public money, as a committee, we are unanimous about that.
He added that it was important they attend so as to provide “clarity” to matters, that the PAC “should have got answers to in the first place,” he said.
McGuinness added that the committee has a job to do and a report to write about the charity sector and they wanted to “put the matter to bed” adding that the members were “anxious” to sort the Rehab group matter out.
“It is frustrating, especially at the last meeting, where answers were avoided and not answered. The charity sector need to be helped, there is a need for transparency,” he said.
McGuinness said that the PAC were able to deal with the workload that has been put on the PAC’s table recently, but added, “it would help if Rehab were as efficient as us in terms of getting answers”.