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Friday 18 August 2017

New Rehab chief Flynn will earn €100k less than her predecessor

Mo Flynn
Mo Flynn

THE new boss at Rehab Group will earn €100,000 less than her predecessor, Angela Kerins.

Hospice boss Mo Flynn has been named as the woman to steer the embattled charity into the future.

Ms Flynn, who has been chief executive of Our Lady's Hospice and Care Services in Dublin for the past eight years, will take up her new €140,000 role in January.

It has also been revealed that senior management at Rehab Group have agreed to pay cuts of up to a fifth.

Rehab said seven members of the senior management team had agreed to cuts that will average out at 18.5pc.

The directors' salaries range from €104,000 to €170,000 a year.

After the pay cuts are implemented in January, none of the management team will earn more than Ms Flynn, who Rehab said would not be eligible for any bonuses.

Ms Kerins had been entitled to a bonus of up to €84,000 but did not claim it during her last four years with the group. Any bonus arrangements the senior managers enjoyed have also been terminated.

The group said the salary cuts were made "in cooperation" with the managers.

It also said details of salaries over €65,000 will now be published annually in line with best practice for charities.

These details will be disclosed in the group's 2014 annual report, which is due to be published in the second or third quarter of next year.

The pay cuts are the latest in a series of changes at management and board level since Ms Kerins appeared before the Dail Public Accounts Committee (PAC) last February, when she was quizzed about salary levels and the poor performance of Rehab's charity lotteries.

Ms Kerins was strongly criticised at the hearing for not being more open about pay.

She stepped down in April, and 13 of the 16-member board were replaced in September.

talent

Ms Kerins is taking a legal action against the PAC, claiming it subjected her to "a witch hunt".

She is seeking compensation, claiming she lost her job and suffered ill-health as a result of the committee's actions. Lawyers for the PAC submitted a robust defence of the claims to the High Court yesterday.

Rehab has been run by former Aviva Ireland chief executive Sean Egan, in the role of executive chairman, since May.

He described Ms Flynn as "a person of enormous integrity and talent".

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