Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness has called on the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) to make an immediate full and frank statement on charitable money that was used to top-up the salaries of some of its staff.

Deputy McGuinness commented: “The revelations about the misuse of charitable donations by the CRC to top-up the salaries of staff at the company is deeply concerning.

“The PAC is awaiting a report from the HSE about the funding for the CRC and we expect to receive this in the next week or so. The PAC will discuss this report and if we find it unsatisfactory we will call the CRC to appear before us.

“Before that, I am calling on the CRC to make a comprehensive statement and come clean on the payments to staff that were funded by charitable donations. If this does not happen promptly I will call the CRC to appear before the PAC.

“This statement must be full and frank and cover every aspect of their funding and where the money is going. This is a source of considerable public concern and needs to be addressed with the utmost urgency.

“The behaviour by the CRC is simply not good enough, the public will not accept it and I will not accept it. People give their hard earned money to charity with the expectation, in this instance, that it goes towards children and adults with a range of disabilities. This is a gross breach of public trust and the CRC must now explain itself in an open and transparent way.”