Central Remedial Clinic CEO quits after wage top-ups scandal

The chief executive of the Central Remedial Clinic has resigned in the wake of the top-up payments scandal.

Brian Conlon, who only took up his role at the helm of the clinic during the summer, has informed the board of directors that he is to stand down with immediate effect.

He had been scheduled to appear in front of a Dáil committee later this week to discuss the top-up payments.

The move follows weeks of controversy over the use of public donations to top up the salaries of bosses at the centre, which treats adults and children with physical disabilities.

The CRC had been using funds raised by a company called Friends and Supporters of the Central Remedial Clinic to boost the pay packets of top executives.

Mr Conlon did not himself receive salary top-ups from public fundraising sources.

The revelations sparked furore among donors and relatives of those who rely on the clinic for their medical needs.

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has called for the entire board of directors at the CRC to resign.

In a statement, the board of the CRC confirmed it accepted “with regret” the resignation of Mr Conlon with immediate effect.

“The board thank Brian Conlon for his commitment to and support of the CRC,” they said.

“His many years of service on the board are greatly appreciated.

“We wish him continued success in the future.”

The board also announced that Joan Hurley will become operations director in the day-to-day management of the clinic and will coordinate the senior management team.

“The board will work closely with the senior management team and staff to ensure a positive future for the CRC, its service users and staff,” the statement added.

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