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Here are the letters Angela Kerins and Frank Flannery sent to PAC

Kerins’s solicitor says the former CEO of Rehab was hopitalised after her last appearance.

ANGELA KERINS AND Frank Flannery both refused to appear before the Public Accounts Committee on 10 April to answer questions about the Rehab charity.

PAC is planning on seeking powers to compel them to attend but in the meantime they received solicitors letters from both Kerins and Flannery criticising PAC’s conduct.

The letter from Kerins’s solicitor on April 30 says that following her last appearance in February she spent a total of nine nights in hospital due to ill health.

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[Read the full letter on behalf of Kerins]

A solicitor acting for Flannery also sent a letter to PAC on the same day. His letter claimed that Flannery had “carefully reviewed” transcripts of evidence and found that there were no “no matters properly before the Committee on which he would be able to assist them”.

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[Read the full letter on behalf of Flannery]

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald said that the letters received by the committee “throw the kitchen sink at the committee” and are designed to “stall and delay” its work.

Committee chairman John McGuinness said that the tone of the letters demonstrated that the pair didn’t accept that PAC has the right to examine how Rehab spends public money.

Read: Kerins and Flannery legal threats to Rehab not to reveal finances >

Read: Two weeks’ notice: PAC WILL compel Kerins and Flannery to appear if they don’t get answers >

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