St. John of God audit ‘deeply worrying’ – Adams
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has described a HSE audit report into secret payments to senior managers at the St John of God charity as “deeply worrying”. According to media reports, senior managers received €528,756 annually until 2013, when they received a lump sum totalling almost €1.9 million.
After 2013, no more top-ups were to be paid. However, the HSE audit found that 14 executives continued to receive top-ups, despite St. John of God having told the HSE that this had stopped and was now in compliance with public pay policy.
Teachta Adams said:
“St. John of God is a charity which receives donations from the public as well as being in receipt of substantial taxpayer’s money. In the three years between 2013 and 2015 it received over half a billion from taxpayers.
“The HSE concluded that the failure of St. John of God to disclose its continued non-compliance with public pay policy was ‘a fundamental breach of trust’. It concluded that St. John of God did not meet the standards of transparency, accountability, candour and co-operation that the HSE should expect of bodies funded by the taxpayer.
“St. John of God provides important services to citizens in Louth, especially to citizens with disabilities. There is an onus on the charity to abide by HSE rules and to ensure that its pay policy does not breach these.”