Deputy Mattie McGrath has condemned the culture of remuneration which appears to have been operating in the board of the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) as a toxic greed which was equally evident in the Tipperary Hostel scandal
Deputy McGrath was speaking as the controversy surrounding the sources of massive pension payments to members of the Board of the Central Clinic continues to cause outrage and shock throughout the Country:
“The scandal that has emerged in relation to the CRC is in many ways a huge disappointment but it is also revealing of the kind of practices that appear to be routinely carried on when there is a clear lack of transparency and accountability for public monies. The Tipperary Hostel issue shows that there seems to have been a culture of exorbitant waste and misuse of money that only comes to light after long years of such waste. What is deeply disturbing however is that despite the public outcry about this latest scandal the chances of anything happening in terms of recouping this money is slim. We need only look at how long the scandal and obvious wrongdoing surrounding the Tipperary Hostel has been drawn out to see that the culture of shoddy corporate governance is alive and well.”
The Public Accounts Committee which investigated the CRC payments yesterday is also due to investigate the re-development project in Tipperary, which was mainly funded by FÁS, and is still unfinished a decade later after costing taxpayers more than €4m, one million more than the €3 million at the heart of the pension top up payments at the CRC:
“In light of all these scandals it is no wonder that organisations like Transparency International have been very critical of the political culture in this Country. It all seems to be a sick joke when you have desperately ill children who will now have to suffer because of the greed of these Board members and people in Tipperary who must also suffer economically from the delay in the construction of a worthwhile and meaningful tourism project that would have been a great boost for the town. Unless we get to the root of the lack of effective oversight structures or more importantly the unwillingness of organisations to comply with existing ones then we are bound to be here again with more shameful revelations involving the allocation of public money,” concluded Deputy McGrath.