Ross: 'Questions to be answered' over Rehab salaries

Deputy Shane Ross - charity has questions to answer

A member of the Dáil's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said that Rehab's remuneration committee still has questions to answer in regards to it's employees' salary levels.

It follows the release last night of pay packet details for staff members, which revealed that 12 senior staff are being paid over €100,000.

The latest information released by Rehab - which receives €83m in State funding - also shows that executives received bonuses of between €6,000 and €14,200 in 2012.

The charity said that of 2,470 staff members currently employed in its Irish entities, some 77 are paid at the rate of €65,000 or above.

CEO Angela Kerins earns a basic salary of €240,000. When car allowances and pension entitlements are taken into account, her annual package exceeds €272,000.

Last night’s statement defended the salaries, saying they are set using the “market median” and guided by the Accounting and Reporting by Charities Statement of Recommended Practice standards.

However PAC member Shane Ross says there are still questions to b answered.

"They've grouped the salaries but they haven't told us who's getting what, and I don't understand this," Deputy Ross said.

"I don't understand why they haven't actually told us the details of who's getting what sort of salaries.

"And I think it's pretty typical that every time we look for some sort of information from Rehab, they provide - very grudgingly - incomplete information.

"This is in character with what we've got from them before."


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