Seanator Mary Moran has expressed her outrage and disgust at the revelations over the use of charity funds by the former board of the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC).
The senator is the Labour Party spokesperson on Education, Disability, Equality and Mental Health. She is also involved with Parents and Friends of the Disabled and was involved in the campaign to stop the cutback of dinners for clients at St Mary’s Drumcar.
“This is galling. It has opened up a can of worms,” Senator Moran said. “And the fact that the money was taken from the Friends and Supporters group makes it all the harder to take.
Last week, the Dail Public Accounts Committee disclosed that the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) board sanctioned a secret deal worth E742,000 for its former chief executive Paul Kiely.
“I have been involved with charitable organisations all my life and I know how hard it is.”
“This transaction was agreed by the board and it is hard to believe that people who have been given that level of trust could behave in this manner.”
“There has been a 40 per cent drop in support for charities because of these scandals and I would urge people here in Louth to continue to give what they can to these charities.
“How far would that money have gone to provide services? The services for the disabled here in Louth have had cutbacks.
“Organisations are providing the best services they can, but this does not help fundraising.
“I find this offensive.”
Another member of Parents and Friends of the Disabled, who had also campaigned to prevent the cutbacks at St Mary’s Drumcar last year, spoke on the Joe Duffy programme about the CRC scandal.
Mary D’Arcy from Blackrock was one of a number of people who expressed their outrage.
The Central Remedial Clinic is a non-residential national centre for the care, treatment and development of children and adults with physical disabilities. Services are provided for people with physical conditions ranging from the very rare to the more familiar, such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy and arthrogryposis.
Services at the Clinic include clinical assessment, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, social work.