Chairman of Rehab Group Sean Egan dies following stroke

Egan was acting chief executive of charity following resignation of Angela Kerins

Sean Egan, the chairman of the Rehab Group charity organisation, has died following a major stroke.

Sean Egan, the chairman of the Rehab Group charity organisation, has died following a major stroke.


The chairman of the Rehab Group charity organisation Sean Egan died on Saturday following a recent major stroke.

Mr Egan took up the role of acting chief executive of the organisation for a time following the departure of Angela Kerins in April 2014 due to controversies over her salary and those of several senior executives.

In a letter at the time to the staff of the Rehab group, Mr Egan said he had chosen to take on the role of chairman because he believed he could contribute to securing a positive future for the organisation.

He asked that staff place their trust in him and stated that he would work with the new incoming chief executive and everybody across Rehab, to ensure that the organisation overcame the recent turbulent period for a more positive future.

Mr Egan, who was in his late fifties, experienced a major stroke in 2012 and following intense rehabilitation made a strong recovery. He was also a former chief executive of Aviva Ireland before he stepped down in October 2013.

In a statement, the Rehab group said: “Seán became chairman of Rehab in May 2014, acting as executive chairman and interim chief executive until January of this year, and since then as chairman, all in a voluntary capacity,” it said.

“Seán’s contribution to Rehab has been of vital importance to the organisation. Since taking on the role of chairman at a critical time he has led, with conviction, a significant programme of transformation and change and set the organisation on a new course.

“As someone who had undertaken significant rehabilitation following a life-altering stroke some years ago, Seán empathised enormously with the people who used our services and had a deep understanding of the value of Rehab’s work.”