Rehab boss Kerins 'to step down' in wake of pay row

Rehab CEO Angela Kerins during a PAC appearance in February

Rehab Group chief executive Angela Kerins "is expected to resign" in the wake of controversy over salary levels paid to senior management at the under-fire charity, it has been reported.

Newstalk's Breakfast Show citing sources said full confirmation of Ms Kerins' resignation was expected to come in a statement later this morning.

Remuneration levels at the Rehab Group, which receives 83m per year in State funding, have been under the spotlight since January when it figures were revealed that showed a Rehab Lotteries scratchcard game generated a profit of just €9,452 out of nearly €4m in total sales.

The group in February caved to political and public pressure to reveal details of salaries paid to top brass including Ms Kerins, having initially declined to do so.

Records supplied to the Dáil's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) show that 12 Rehab senior officials earn basic salaries exceeding €100,000, while a bonus culture has existed at the group for over 20 years.

The figures also show that Kerins' current salary stands at €240,000 and rises to just over €272,000 when pension entitlements and a car allowance for an Audi are taken into account.

Ms Kerins is also contractually entitled to an annual bonus worth up to 35% of her salary — a figure that exceeds €83,000 a year.

Embattled Rehab director Frank Flannery handing in his resignation last month and PR adviser Michael Parker ending his relationship with the charity on Monday.

The group — which insists it is a company, despite receiving €83m a year from the State, having charitable status, and not paying corporation tax or DIRT — will come before the Dáil’s public accounts committee on April 10.

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