Rehab paid Frank Flannery company €351,000 in fees

Laragh Consulting Ltd was dissolved for not filing accounts

The former Fine Gael trustee Frank Flannery has filed company accounts showing payments of €351,000 from Rehab over six years.

Mr Flannery resigned as a Fine Gael trustee and from the board of Rehab after it was disclosed that the charity paid him to lobby the Government.

It was also found that he had used invoices from a dissolved company, Laragh Consulting Ltd, when being paid by Rehab for lobbying and other services.

The company was dissolved in 2009 for not filing accounts. It has now filed accounts as part of the process of being restored to the Companies Register.


Fees from Rehab noted in the accounts comprise: €64,000 in the year to the end of February 2013; €52,000 in 2012; €50,000 in 2011; €62,500 in 2010; €70,000 in 2009; and €52,500 in 2008. The fees appear to be the company’s main source of income.

Principal debtor

The company’s principal debtor at the end of February 2013 was Mr Flannery, who had a non-interest loan of €52,983 from the company, as outlined in a note on transactions with directors. Mr Flannery said yesterday that the loan had since been repaid in full. The accounts for 2012 show that the loan was €56,532 at the end of that period.

The 2013 accounts also note that the company had lent €31,980 to Complete Eco Solutions Ltd, a company associated with Mr Flannery and with the brother and husband of former Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins. At one stage, the company was part of a plan to enter into business with Rehab.

Colm Keena

Colm Keena

Colm Keena is an Irish Times journalist. He was previously legal-affairs correspondent and public-affairs correspondent