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Video: Former CRC chief got €200k lump-sum payment from charity fund

The HSE’s director of human resources, Barry O’Brien, said that the executive “had no knowledge on that” arrangement.
Dec 11th 2013, 2:34 PM 13,676 116

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THE FORMER CHIEF executive of the Central Remedial Clinic, Paul Kiely, received a lump-sum payment of €200,000 from a charity fund when he stepped down last year, it has emerged.

The Public Accounts Committee has heard that Kiely received the €200,000 pension lump-sum out of the the money raised by the Friends and Supporters of the Central Remedial Clinic when he left last year.

The payment was based on Kiely’s full salary at the time which was €242,000 in total with €106,000 coming from the HSE and the rest being drawn from funds collected from the public.

The chairman and current interim chief executive of the CRC, Jim Nugent, confirmed to Fine Gael TD John Deasy that the lump-sum payment “would have been paid from the Friends and Supporters support fund”.

Kiely was asked if he knew the money was coming from that fund but said it is “complicated” and pointed out that he will not get his annual pension of around €90,000 a year for another three years.

“I’ve qualms with everything to do with this,” he told the committee.

The HSE’s director of human resources, Barry O’Brien, said that the executive “had no knowledge on that” arrangement.

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(Watch the full exchange in the video above)

At least three TDs have said that the positon of the board is untenable in light of today’s revelations including Shane Ross, Simon Harris and Gerald Nash.

The hearing continues this afternoon.

- additional reporting from Michelle Hennessy

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