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Public Accounts Committee chair calls for CRC to "come clean" on top-ups

It emerged yesterday that the Central Remedial Clinic used charitable money to top-up the salaries of senior staff.

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness.
Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness.
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FIANNA FÁIL TD and chair of the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee, John McGuinness, has called on the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) to make an immediate statement on charitable money that was used to top-up the salaries of senior staff.

Commenting today on the news which emerged yesterday afternoon, McGuinness said it was “deeply concerning”.

The committee is expected to received a report from the HSE in the next week about funding for the CRC and if found to be unsatisfactory, he said representatives from the clinic will be called before it.

Before that, I am calling on the CRC to make a comprehensive statement and come clean on the payments to staff that were funded by charitable donations. If this does not happen promptly I will call the CRC to appear before the PAC.

He said the statement must be full and frank and cover every aspect of their funding and where the money is going.

“The behaviour by the CRC is simply not good enough, the public will not accept it and I will not accept it,” he continued. “People give their hard earned money to charity with the expectation, in this instance, that it goes towards children and adults with a range of disabilities. This is a gross breach of public trust and the CRC must now explain itself in an open and transparent way.”

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