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PAC should examine CRC Report without delay – Mary Lou McDonald TD

19 June, 2014 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Fein Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that the HSE, the CRC Board and Executives and the new Interim Administrator of the CRC should appear before the Public Accounts Committee without delay.

Speaking in response to the report of the CRC Interim Administrator to the HSE released this afternoon, Deputy McDonald said:

“I welcome the publication of the report of the Interim Administrator of the CRC. I believe that the PAC should be examining this report in detail as a matter of urgency, and that the relevant principals – being the HSE, the CRC Interim Administrator and the CRC Board members – should appear before the Committee to discuss Mr. Cregan’s findings and recommendations, and that this should happen without delay.

“Mr Cregan’s report confirms the utter disregard for public pay policy shown by a small group of executives, in particular the outgoing CRC CEO. I welcome Mr Cregan’s view that the pay in excess of the properly calculated reduced rate for the period from January 2010 to June 2013 should be recovered. However I question his conclusion that some of these executive salaries and arrangements should be “red circled”.

“I am mindful of the considerable damage done to the CRC and indeed to Irish charities in general by this scandal, and of the hurt and frustration felt by the vast majority of staff of the CRC who, as public servants, have endured pay cuts while those at the top of their organisation were engaged in these highly problematic practices. While the PAC still has work to do on this issue, I believe we are finally coming towards the end of this process and I would hope that it will not be unreasonably prolonged.”

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