Call for answers over award for boss of shamed NI Runwood care homes

Lawyers have written to a UK-wide award scheme seeking an explanation after it named the boss of a disgraced care home chain Care Home Executive of the Year.

he devastated family of a former resident of Clifton Nursing Home are demanding answers after it emerged Gavin O’Hare Connolly has been recognised by the Leaders in Care Awards for providing “inspired leadership on a company and sector-wide level” and driving his organisation “to achieve great things over the past year”.

Mr O’Hare Connolly, chief operating officer of Runwood Homes, was handed the award in front of hundreds of his peers at a glittering award ceremony despite the company he heads up being linked to a number of high-profile scandals in Northern Ireland.

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