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Rehab boss earns more than Taoiseach – Ó Snodaigh

23 January, 2014 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Social Protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has asked the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore if he believe that it is appropriate that the head of a charity earns more than the Taoiseach.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh was speaking in the Dáil during Leaders Questions today.

He said:

“Tánaiste, do you think that it is appropriate that head of a charity earns more than the Taoiseach?

“Do you agree that the CEO of Rehab should reveal her salary?

“Your Government has refused for three years to implement the Charities Act and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has resisted Sinn Fein efforts to get to him to do so.

“On-going revelations of excessive pay to CEOs, serious questions over fundraising and a lack of transparency and accountability have deeply angered citizens, particularly those suffering the sharp end of your brutal austerity policies.

“What has been uncovered at the CRC, Irish Water, Poolbeg and elsewhere, is a toxic political culture, of ‘top ups’, bonuses, 'jobs for the boys' and contracts for an elite of establishment insiders.

“And we read today that a Rehab director and long-time senior Fine Gael adviser Frank Flannery billed Rehab for consulting services in 2011 and 2012 using a company that was dissolved in January 2009

“Is this not another example of the political cronyism that is the key reason that the culture we have witnessed at the top of some charities has never been tackled? We know for instance that individuals at the CRC had close links with the Fianna Fail party.”

Deputy Ó Snodaigh also stated that a chaotic mix of public, private and charitable organisations providing health services in this state is at the root of the scandals emerging from charities over the last number over months.

He continued:

“This was allowed to develop under governments involving Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Labour Party who abdicated responsibility for the provision of many essential health services.

“Tánaiste, do you agree that - considering the amount of public money that has gone to support the activities of Rehab - that it would be more cost effective for those services it provides, to be provided directly by the state?”

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