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From today’s Irish Daily Mail:

Rhona Mahony has repeatedly failed to give the HSE evidence to support her claim that her €45,000 salary top-up was in respect of fees from private patients. Despite ‘several’ attempts from senior HSE figures to get information, the Master of the National Maternity Hospital has not explained how her €236,000 HSE salary is topped up.
PAC chairman John McGuinness said Dr Mahony would be compelled to come before the committee if she did not explain her top-up to the HSE.
Yesterday, it emerged that Dr Mahony even attended a high-level meeting with HSE director general Tony O’Brien last month where she was asked to hand over payslips and bank documents dating back four years. After details of Dr Mahony’s salary became public last month, a PR firm issued a statement on her behalf, claiming that the €45,000 – paid on top of a €236,000 HSE salary – was ‘in respect of professional fees from private patients attending the National Maternity Hospital’.


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HSE: Dr Rhona Won’t Explain €45,000 Top-up (Philip Ryan, Irish Daily Mail) (not available online)

Previously: My Cher Rhona

Professional Fees From Private Patients

No Additional Sweeteners

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11/12/2013. CRC at PAC. Former CEO Paul Kiely foll[Paul Kiely, former chief executive of the Central Remedial Clinic whose €200,000 pension pay off was revealed at the Public Accounts Committee meeting today followed by CRC chairman Jim Jim Nugent]

Chairman of the CRC Jim Nugent told the committee that  the organisation was contractually bound to pay salaries that were in excess of HSE levels. He said the CRC had presented these arrangements at a meeting in July 2009. David Martin, a director who was at that meeting with another former CEO, Des Peelo, said the HSE agreed that the CRC was to pay the shortfall to those with “legacy contracts”, who had been receiving pay in excess of HSE levels.


Former CRC Chief Executive received €200,000 pension payout (RTE)

Earlier: The Good Charities Guide

A Message To The Board

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File Pics THE master of the largest maternity hospital in the country, Dr Rhona Mahony, is getting a privately funded top up of 45,000 in addition to her salary and allowances of more than 236,000.

THE HSE last night contradicted reports that Dr Rhona Mahony’s €45,000 salary top-up was her earnings from treating private patients. In fact, the extra payment to the Master of Holles Street was derived from ‘rents, licence fees and other income’, a Dáil committee was told.

Yesterday, Geraldine Smith, assistant national director of the HSE, told the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee that when she asked the source of privately-funded payments to Holles Street managers, she was told: ‘External funded equals private funded, including rents, licence fees, other incomes’.

‘I’m not going to refer to any particular person, there were four externally funded – there were four private allowances which were described as being externally funded.’

Ms Smith did not indicate that she was referring specifically to Dr Mahony as one of those four. She said: ‘When I asked them to specify the elements of the private sources, they gave the definition: external funded equals private funded, including rents, licence fees, other incomes. All I can say is what the National Maternity Hospital has provided to me (which) is that private funds come from licences, other income etc. They haven’t said it was from private patients. They haven’t dealt with that level of specificity.’

Last night a spokesman for Ms Mahony said she had nothing further to add at this time.


HSE: Dr Rhona’s €45K Top-up was not patient fees (Ferghal Blaney, Irish Daily Mail) (not available online)

Previously: Professional Fees From Private Patients

That’s Why They Call It Fundraising

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90302457(Dr Rhona Mahony with James Reilly, Minister for Health).

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RTÉ reports:

“National Maternity Hospital Master Dr Rhona Mahony [above] has said her remuneration is strictly in line with the contract she has with the hospital and is in compliance with public service pay requirements. In a statement, Dr Mahony said the additional €45,000 paid to her did not come from the health service or any other source, including fundraising and charitable donations.

“She said it was from professional fees from private patients attending the National Maternity Hospital. Dr Mahony said her contract allows her to provide clinical care to private patients, as is the case with all consultants in the Irish health service who have the same consultant contract as she does. She said she had been I “personally vilified over the last few days.” “This has been utterly unwarranted,” the statement concludes.”


Mahony: No extra remuneration from health service (RTÉ)

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00139936Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital is getting a ‘privately funded’ top-up of €45,000 in addition to her salary and allowances of more than €236,000)

Mr Kenny [in the Dail this afternoon] said of the of the 44 agencies involved in the HSE audit, seven had replied to say they were compliant, 13 were non-compliant and others either needed more time to respond or needed legal advice.

Mr Kenny said the same rules should apply to senior managers as to those on the frontline.

He was reacting to reports that ten of the country’s State-funded voluntary hospitals and health agencies are breaching official Government policy on pay for senior executives.

Govt ‘will not tolerate’ pay top-ups – Kenny (RTE)

Earlier: That’s Why They Call It Fundraising

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