Central Remedial Clinic Poisoned By Old-Style Fianna Fáil Greed

I had a good look at the directorships associated with the Central remedial Clinic and tried to boil it down a bit.  What stands out strongly is the associations between Fianna Fáil, Bertie Ahern, the CRC, the Mater Hospital and the Drumcondra Mafia.  There’s a thread running through this, though I haven’t managed to fully unpick it yet, but I will in the end.

Bertie’s former employers are prominent in the mix, as are his dig-out cronies in Drumcondra and also Fianna Fáil.  Ultimately, there might well be no difference between the Eccles Street Mercy nuns (the people who demolished Leopold Bloom’s fictional home) and Fianna Fáil, but that remains to be seen, though it it beyond doubt that Ahern cost the State over a billion euros in order to placate his former employers as detailed here.


It seems there was nothing too small or too large for the Drumcondra Mafia to throw their arms around and grab for themselves.  Not even a charity for disabled children.

guilty dogI have a dog, and sometimes that dog misbehaves.  I don’t punish my dog for its misdemeanours, but I do recognise the body language when my canine does something wrong, because the dog himself already knows, and that was the body language Brian Conlan displayed when he appeared before the Dáil public accounts committee.  When Mary-Lou McDonald called him a liar, I expected him to bristle, to stand up and to demand an apology, but he didn’t.  Just like my dog when I say Who did that? he cowered.  He put his head down and he looked out from under his brow, like a whipped cur.

When Shane Ross repeated the insult and also called him a liar, he did nothing at all, just as my dog does while he waits for me to stop.  Who did that?

What an impressive figure Brian Conlan must have cut when he was the chief executive of the Mater hospital.  I imagine all the professionally qualified doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and radiologists must have held him in absolute awe in the days when he ran their hospital.

Brian Conlan became the chief executive officer of the CRC after Paul Kiely stepped down in the hope of avoiding public scrutiny, but of course he holds a hundred other directorships, many of them to do with the Mercy nuns, Bertie’s former employers.  It all seems to go round and round.  When you try to unpick the connections in the CRC, you find all sorts of threads, every one of them leading back to Ahern or to Haughey, and most of them involving the Mercy  nuns, the people who cost us over a billion euros, thanks to Bertie and Michael Woods.

I did a bit of digging through the directorships to see where the overlaps are and I came up with this preliminary chart.  I will add to it as time goes on, but for now, just examine and consider.  And also, please feel free to add information because this CRC thing is perhaps the thing that will finally unlock the Drumcondra enigma.

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Central Remedial Clinic Salary Top-Up Scandal

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.

paul kiely bertie ahernFirst 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
Vincent Brady
James Nugent James Nugent
Martin Walsh
Pat Ryan
Ailbhe Rice Jones Ailbhe Rice Jones
Hamilton Goulding Hamilton Goulding
David Martin
Mary Day
Paul Kiely Paul Kiely (retired 1st July 2013)
Brian Conlan Brian Conlan
Frances Sheppard



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.