Rehab says it will consider revealing chief’s salary

Charity, however, insists Angela Kerins’s remuneration was solely matter for the board

 Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said today that Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins (above) should reveal her salary.   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said today that Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins (above) should reveal her salary. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Thu, Jan 23, 2014, 19:20

Rehab says it will consider revealing chief executive Angela Kerins’s salary as matter of “public interest” and on foot of a request by the Taoiseach to do so.

In a statement this evening , Rehab chairman Brian Kerr insisted, however, Ms Kerins’s remuneration was solely a matter for the board of the charity.

He said that since the group’s voluntary disclosure of her salary in 2011, it hadnot recieved a formal request from any relevant authority to do so again.

“This matter is properly a matter for the board and not Ms Kerins, and some of the pressure that has been placed on her and her family has been entirely unfair and very personal,” Mr Kerr said.

“ I am, however, conscious of the public interest in this matter. I have decided, in response to today’s request from the Taoiseach and with the full agreement and encouragement of our CEO Ms Angela Kerins, to consult with my fellow directors to consider disclosing again the details of the Group CEO’s salary”.

Mr Kerr said he intended to convene a special meeting of the board to discuss the matter.

To ensure that all directors and advisors can attend, he said, the meeting had been scheduled for February 17th.

He said he would issue a full statement immediately following the meeting.

Mr Kerr called for the the prize cap on charitable lotteries to be removed in the interests of fair play.

“I am requesting that the Taoiseach would take the lead and remove the prize cap on charitable lotteries to allowing them to compete on an fair basis with the government’s own national lottery as other charity lotteries operate in other European states”.

“I was saddened to hear that fellow charity operators like the Irish Cancer Society and the Asthma Society are being forced to leave the market.”

Earliert Mr Kenny has called on Ms Kerins to reveal her salary and help end the “nauseating spectacle” of scandal and revelations surrounding the finances of Irish charities.

Speaking in Davos, Mr Kenny said he was confident the Irish charitable sector would emerge more clear and accountable from the ongoing controversy - but demanded the full co-operation from executives of charitable organisations.

“Out of all of this recent debacle (and) nauseating spectacle, including with the CRC, will emerge a stronger, clearer situation,” he said.

“Where the public purse is concerned, and people who give donations, they need to know that everything is above board, accountable and transparent and that donations are going for the purposes intended.”

He said looming Oireachtas reform would ensure that charities would publish audited accounts in future revealing their full financial positions, to ease the concerns of the donating public “and those who work diligently for the charities they love”.

During the exchanges in the Dail today Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said the salary of the Rehab chief executive should be made public.

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