Oireachtas backs PAC appeal over Angela Kerins files

Former Rehab chief is suing PAC for alleged distress and injury

Angela Kerins, the former chief executive of Rehab, claims  the PAC conducted itself unlawfully, showing bias towards her and acting outside its remit. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Angela Kerins, the former chief executive of Rehab, claims the PAC conducted itself unlawfully, showing bias towards her and acting outside its remit. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

 

The Leinster House authorities have backed an appeal against a High Court ruling that a range of private documents should be disclosed to the former Rehab chief Angela Kerins by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Ms Kerins is suing the PAC for damages for alleged distress and injury to her health. She claims the PAC conducted itself unlawfully, showed bias towards her, acted outside its remit, during hearings into the remuneration at Rehab last year. The PAC denies her claims.

Last week, Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy ruled that Ms Kerins was entitled to certain documents used by the PAC relating to its probe into Rehab funding.

A special meeting of the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission was convened yesterday to decide whether or not to fund the appeal by the PAC in a case which has already cost a considerable amount.

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