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'I think that's kind of shocking': Tense exchanges as Mary Lou questions Rehab chief

The Sinn Féin TD spent nearly an hour questioning Angela Kerins at the Public Accounts Committee this morning, and it was tense.

THE CEO OF the Rehab Group was submitted to robust questioning from the Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald at the Public Accounts Committee this morning.

Right from the beginning of the nearly hour-long question and answer session, Angela Kerins faced a barrage of questions.

McDonald was far from impressed that Rehab had issued legal advice to the committee prior to its appearance today.

What was the problem with that, asked Kerins. McDonald proceeded to tell her:

In another exchange, McDonald said there was a disparity between Rehab’s stance in 2010 – when it tried to impose pay cuts on staff, and argued to the LRC that it relied on public sector funding – and the stance on remuneration for salaries of senior executives.

Kerins said executive salaries are benchmarked against the salaries “within the sector that they are operating”.

In the testy exchange, the Sinn Féin deputy was far from impressed, saying she found the approach “kind of shocking”:

On the issue of Kerins €240,000 annual salary, McDonald raised the fact that this was an increase of €6,000 on her previously disclosed salary in 2011.

Kerins said she is a private citizen and her salary is not funded by the taxpayer. “I don’t decide what my salary is,” she insisted:

Angela Kerins: I am a private citizen, I am not paid by the taxpayer

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