Today’s Irish Independent

Worker writes:

I would just like to bring your attention attention to the part in that piece on Our Lady’s Hospice, [Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6] (above) that states:

‘The “pub” expenditure reflected in the credit card relates to a ‘Light Up A Life‘ annual commemoration, following which the hospice volunteers were hosted in a local public house as a small gesture towards their volunteer work…’

Well that’s a complete untruth,, certain staff, including managers go for a piss up every year after iLigh Up A Life. Sure a volunteer might happen to be there, but believe me, its not for volunteers, its for a select few staff….


Hospice paid €119,000 in fees to firm linked to former chief (Eilish O’Regan,

17 thoughts on “Hospice Up

    1. Worker

      She was getting over €26,000 in top ups, one for being head of fundraising which is most certainly was not and another top up was for running a second hospice in blackrock which is part of olh so is not actually a second hospice. She now gets €140,000 a year at rehab.

  1. Junkface

    Rehab, wasn’t that place in a financial scandal a couple of years ago already? Does this one connect to that or as a seperate new scandal?

    1. Junkface

      Jesus Christ! I think Irish people just get worn down by repeated financial scandals. The frequency which they happen has to be related to the lack of prosecution of fraud and white collar crime. Ireland must be an easy place to pull off this kind of fraud.

      1. realPolithicks

        “Ireland must be an easy place to pull off this kind of fraud.”

        I assume you’re being sarcastic, Ireland is an extraordinarily corrupt country.

  2. Zoella

    We’re punch drunk at this stage. In TK Maxx recently, the cashier said: ‘would you like to contribute a euro to Enable Ireland’ and I thought, hang on ’til I Google its CEO’s salary. ‘No thanks’.

    1. ivan

      Hang on, there’s a bit of proportionality needed here. You can get the 2015 Enable Ireland annual report here and you should take a look at the balance sheet and Statement of Financial Activities.

      Given the size, scale etc of the charity, how much do you think the CEO should be paid? I mean, in order to retain stakeholder confidence and keep the day-to-day show on the road? Every charity has to pay some of its people.

        1. ivan

          I went by the report I cited but the more up to date 2016 version has one employee on 140-150K. If you’ve a link for the 240 figure, I’ll accept it.

          I’m not saying it’s not (140-150K) a lot of money, what I’m saying is that you have to pay a certain amount of money for expertise/experience. Yes, ideally you’d get somebody who’s retired early from industry, has no great need of a salary and does the gig for a smaller amount but you don’t tend to *get* those people so you have to pay a certain amount.

          And based on the amounts of money that go through organisations like Enable Ireland, and a staff of over 1000 people ( ) I ask again, what do you think is the ideal amount? Starina (below) says 100K, and I wouldn’t have a problem with that but what I do have a problem with is the notion (not that i’m accusing anybody here of it per se) that somebody heading up the running of an organisation like this should – of necessity – have to do the gig for a (relative) pittance.

      1. phil

        Those salaries are astonishing , particularly the caveat
        (including taxable benefits in kind and redundancy payments but not
        employer pension costs)

      2. The Ghost of Starina

        CEOs should max out at 100k unless they want to pay all of their staff 100k as well. This 240k malarky is out of hand

    2. DeKloot

      For what it’s worth the CEO of the biggest(by a long way) charity in Ireland – Concern – earns circa €100k. That’s about right and proper.

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