Enda Kenny said he understood the board had gone off to consider their positions Alan Shatter said he expected to bring in new legislation on the charity sector next year The Mater Hospital is disputing information given by former CRC chief executive Paul Kiely
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the controversy at the Central Remedial Clinic has been a shock to so many people who give money in the understanding it is going for children and adults who need care and facilities.
Mr Kenny said he understood the board had gone off to consider their positions.
He said the Public Accounts Committee’s analysis and engagement with the board yesterday left nobody in any doubt about what should be done.
Meanwhile, Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said the revelations in relation to the CRC have given an insight into some financial dealings that were completely and highly inappropriate for any charitable organisation.
He also said he expected to bring in new legislation regulating the charity sector next year.
Earlier, there were further calls at the PAC for the resignation of the entire CRC board.
Deputy Ciaran O’Donnell said the continuance of the present members of the board cast a cloud over, what he described as, the fantastic work that the staff of the CRC did.
He said it was also damaging fundraising potential.
Some members of the PAC demanded resignations from CRC board members when they appeared before the Committee yesterday.
Minister for Health James Reilly said this morning that his department would use all powers available to it to ensure that public pay policy was adhered to.
Independent TD Shane Ross has said Mater Hospital management would have to be called before the Dáil Committee of Public Accounts to clarify the way it has used annual payments of €660,000 made to it by the Central Remedial Clinic.
The issue emerged during questioning of CRC board members by the committee yesterday.
In a statement last night, the Mater Hospital took issue with comments made to the committee by former CRC chief executive Paul Kiely.
It rejected the suggestion by Mr Kiely where he referred to annual payments of €660,000 by the CRC to the hospital as having “no meaningful basis”.
The PAC heard that the payment was for the administration of a pension fund that did not exist.
However, the Mater said this was not true, and that it looked after a pension scheme for 181 staff members of the CRC.
The hospital called on Mr Kiely to formally correct what it called an inaccurate reference.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Mr Ross said it was imperative that the committee get clarity from the Mater on where the money went, how it was calculated and what it was spent on.
He said the issue remained a mystery and that the PAC would have to look at the Mater’s accounts to see whether it accepted liability for the CRC pension fund and how it accounted for it in its balance sheet.
The Health Service Executive will meet the chairmen and a board member of each of the voluntary hospitals and agencies that receive HSE funding later today.
It will present them with an annual statement detailing their obligations, which they will have to comply with by the end of the year and which will form part of their service level agreements with the HSE.
PAC chairman John McGuinness said it had shown its strength yesterday and “lifted the lid” on an area that was largely unaccounted for before.
Mr McGuinness urged the public to continue supporting charities while the work of the PAC was ongoing.
Mr McGuinness said the board of the CRC should not resign yet, because it would leave a “vacuum” while the PAC investigation was continuing.