Angela Kerins case: Barrister says PAC did have power to ask about salary

Former Rehab CEO claims Dáil committee acted outside its powers during 2014 hearing

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Angela Kerins at the High Court in Dublin in July 2016 | Photo: RollingNews.ie

The barrister representing the PAC members who questioned Angela Kerins in February 2014 insists they did have the power to ask about her salary.

The former CEO of the Rehab Group is seeking damages and the removal of her name from the record of a hearing she attended in February 2014.

Ms Kerins believes the members were acting outside their powers by asking her about her €240,000 salary, bonus payments and other matters.

She was asked to appear before PAC members to discuss the spending of State funds at the Rehab Group.

The court heard previously that she later tried to take her own life because of the impact the public fallout had on her mental health.

Today was the sixth day of a legal action taken by the former CEO of the Rehab Group.

Paul Gallagher, a former Attorney General, told the three-judge court that the committee was entitled to ask about her salary and issues of corporate governance because of the amount of State funding it received.

He went on to say they were relevant issues in light of revelations that only €10k profit was generated from €4m of sales of Rehab scratch cards.

He also reminded the court of the constitutional protection that covers free speech in both houses of the Oireachtas.