Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has stated that the Government must take control of the scandal surrounding the Central Remedial Clinic in an effort to restore public confidence in the sector
Speaking during Leaders Questions today, Deputy McDonald said that the buck stops with Health Minister James Reilly in delivering a credible response to such scandals.
Deputy McDonald said:
“Perhaps you even imagine that this escalating scandal has nothing to do with you.
“Yesterday’s testimony to the Public Accounts Committee by CRC Chief Executive Paul Kiely was both shocking in its content and palpably arrogant in its delivery.
“We discovered yesterday, that in addition to paying top-ups to senior executives, that there are also gold-plated retirement packages being doled out, which are partly paid for by money donated for children with disabilities!
“If that wasn’t bad enough we further discover that the CRC is paying the Mater hospital €660,000 to the Mater Hospital for a pension fund that doesn’t exist, according to the Board of the CRC.
“Tanaiste you couldn’t make this stuff up!
“What is very obvious now is that the board of the CRC should go. Their position is untenable.
“However, matters cannot rest there.
“The HSE has clearly been found to be deficient and incompetent.
“But ultimately the book stops with the Department of Health and your Minister James Reilly.
“The citizens of this state have watched aghast as this clueless Minister stumbles from one crisis to another, presiding over an increasingly shambolic health service including cuts to service delivery for the vulnerable people while senior executives receive lavish payments.
“There can be no doubt about the immensely valuable service provided by the CRC and others. The quality of that service is second to none.
“And this is despite the short-sighted and cruel cutbacks imposed by your Government.
“But are you seriously telling this Dail and the people out there who are listening, that you will to allow us stumble upon scandal after scandal in this area?
“Tanaiste, that is not, by any stretch of the imagination, an adequate response to a scandal that has deeply angered people the length and breadth of this state.
“When will this Government take control of this situation and restore confidence to the charitable sector, which is suffering a huge crisis of confidence in relation to donations?”