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Saturday 1 October 2016

Console probe has 400 files recovered from Kelly lock-up

Paul Kelly, former chief of Console. Photo: Robbie Reynolds
Paul Kelly, former chief of Console. Photo: Robbie Reynolds

Around 400 files recovered from a lock-up rented by disgraced Console chief Paul Kelly are being examined as part of an investigation into the charity.

The files were discovered in the days following revelations of gross misspending at the now wound-down suicide bereavement charity.

They were found following a tip-off to the then interim chief executive David Hall, who was installed after Mr Kelly's departure.

The former CEO is being investigated by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE), which is being assisted by gardai. A source close to the probe said ODCE officials were examining the files from the lock-up.

Allegations

The ODCE's functions include receiving and responding to allegations of company law breaches.

Officials have copied the documents and handed them over to liquidator Tom Murray.

His office declined to comment on the progress of the liquidation.

Meanwhile, Mr Kelly declined to comment when approached by the Herald outside his home in Co Kildare.

Creditors of the defunct charity have also been emerging, with a full list likely to be produced before the case returns to the High Court in October.

A hotel in the west of Ireland that hosted a group of cyclists raising funds for Console has emerged as one such creditor.

Sources said the Clayton Hotel in Galway was owed nearly €20,000 when the charity went into liquidation last month.

The bill arose after it hosted a group of 250 cyclists who took part in a fundraising ride across the country.

The event took place on June 11, less than a fortnight before Mr Kelly resigned following revelations of poor governance practices and extravagant spending of funds from public donations and state bodies.

Cyclists rode from Celbridge, Co Kildare, to Galway to raise money. A spokesman for the hotel declined to comment.

The Revenue Commissioners will also be a creditor, with at least €60,000 owed.

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