Anyone who has ever worked to raise funds for a charity must be feeling sick to the pit of their stomach on hearing the latest news about the Central Remedial Clinic.
First we heard that the CRC’s former chief executive, Paul Kiely, couldn’t get by on a State salary of €106,900 but luckily, help was at hand in the form of a top-up from The Friends and Supporters of the CRC, a charity. In other words, the chief executive was more than doubling his salary from charitable donations given to help with the treatment of patients.
Not only that, but we now learn that five other senior staff are receiving similar top-ups from the charity fund.
And we discover that, while the clinic is cutting back services to disabled children, the Friends and Supporters account contains €14 million.
Kiely, by the way, is a close associate of Bertie Ahern and prominent member of the Fianna Fáil Drumcondra Mafia, and remains on the board of the CRC.
I almost want to throw up, as anyone would who ever worked to raise money for a charity. Many people will now be asking if all the time and effort they put into fundraising really went to help anyone apart from the senior staff of a charity by fattening their already well-upholstered salaries.
The sheer effrontery of it is staggering. The unmitigated brass neck of such people leaves the rest of us gaping in astonishment.
Unfortunately, volunteer fundraisers are now going to ask themselves very hard questions and the consequence is that charities will suffer, thanks to the barefaced greed of the people at the top of the Central Remedial Clinic.
Oh, and by the way, guess who sits on the board of the Friends and Supporters of the Remedial Clinic. That’s right. None other than Paul Kiely himself. How about that?
Much wants more, as people used to say in the old days.
I don’t know if any of this is illegal, but it seems fair to ask the following: would a reasonable person have expected his donations to end up in the pocket of the CEO?
|Central Remedial Clinic||Friends of the Central Remedial Clinic|
|Hassia Jameson||Hassia Jameson|
|James Nugent||James Nugent|
|Ailbhe Rice Jones||Ailbhe Rice Jones|
|Hamilton Goulding||Hamilton Goulding|
|Paul Kiely||Paul Kiely (retired 1st July 2013)|
|Brian Conlan||Brian Conlan|
Elsewhere: this excellent article by Brendan O’Connor in the Independent accurately details the difference between the case of Paul Kiely and that of Rhona Mahony.