Friday 21 October 2016

Ex-Rehab chief to get files from Dail probe


FORMER Rehab CEO Angela Kerins is entitled to certain documents used by the Dail Public Accounts Committee (PAC) relating to its investigation of the funding of the organisation, the High Court ruled.

Ms Kerins requires the documents to prepare for her legal action against the PAC in which she seeks a number of orders, including one restraining the committee from pursuing further examination of Rehab's finances insofar as they relate to her former employment.

She is also seeking damages for alleged distress and injury to her health. She claims the PAC conducted itself unlawfully, showed bias towards her, acted outside its remit, and committed a misfeasance in public office. The PAC denies her claims.


In advance of the action, her lawyers applied to the High Court for orders for discovery of eight categories of documents. The PAC opposed her application saying the discovery sought was not necessary.

Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy yesterday said Ms Kerins was entitled to four categories of documents, including those relating to the PAC's terms of reference when a decision was made to commence examination of payments made to Rehab and which subsequently resulted in Ms Kerins attendance before the committee in February 2014.

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