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'Maximum disclosure' expected in new report into CRC legacy issues

A deadline of 31 March has been set for the completion of the report, after which staff will face another grilling by the Public Accounts Committee.

Paul Kiely (left) the former chief executive of the Dublin based Central Remedial Clinic and acting chief executive Jim Nugent (right).
Paul Kiely (left) the former chief executive of the Dublin based Central Remedial Clinic and acting chief executive Jim Nugent (right).
Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

MOST QUESTIONS WILL be put to the Central Remedial Clinic once the Oireachtas receives a detailed report on the organisation’s inner workings.

Other organisations have also been called to discuss their finances under an emergency motion passed today at the Health Committee.

Deputy John McGuinness, Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, confirmed this afternoon that the “board and staff, including the former chief executives of the CRC” will be called before the committee to discuss a range of legacy issues in more detail.

‘Maximum disclosure’

He says the accounts being prepared will deliver ‘maximum disclosure’.

“Adequacy of governance and controls, remuneration, the use of charitable funds and issues relating to the CRC Medical Devices company” will all addressed in the report.

A date has been set for 31 March for the report to be completed, currently being prepared by administrator John Cregan, and will be delivered to the Director General of the HSE.

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Former chief executive of the Central Remedial Clinic Brian Conlon arrives at Leinster House to appear before the Public Accounts Committee last week. (Brian Lawless/PA Wire/Press Association Images)

Deputy McGuinness said that following ‘frank’ discussion yesterday with the Administrator he was assured that the report will be comprehensive.

“The Administrator informed me that he was getting excellent co-operation from the staff but outlined some concerns,” Deputy McGuinness said, “including the fact that the constant dripping of information was having a negative impact on the staff and was impacting on morale.”

Meanwhile, an emergency motion passed at the Health Committee will see Section 39 organisations be invited to “outline the funding model and breakdown of their different sources of funding”.

Remuneration

“The organisations will also be asked to outline the remuneration received by all executive staff and the funding source from which such remuneration is derived in terms of public and private sources or the percentage of each,” TD Jerry Buttimer, chair of the committee, said but in a measured statement this afternoon called for the public to continue support charities.

“The Committee has appealed for calm from the public pending on-going investigations in order to avoid unnecessary and unintended collateral damage,” he said.

An important aspect the committee is looking for organisations to outline is an decline in funding.

Read: Here are the minutes of the CRC board meeting where Paul Kiely’s €742k pay-off was agreed >

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