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Monday 5 December 2016

Console's smiling conman doesn't seem to have a care in the world

First pictures of Paul Kelly, former CEO of Console charity and his wife Patricia Kelly seen in town this afternoon,on their way to their solicitors office. Kelly seemed to be in good spirits since checking himself out of the psychiatric unit last week and walked with a big grin across his face. Photo: John Dardis
First pictures of Paul Kelly, former CEO of Console charity and his wife Patricia Kelly seen in town this afternoon,on their way to their solicitors office. Kelly seemed to be in good spirits since checking himself out of the psychiatric unit last week and walked with a big grin across his face. Photo: John Dardis
First pictures of Paul Kelly, former CEO of Console charity and his wife Patricia Kelly seen in town this afternoon,on their way to their solicitors office. Kelly seemed to be in good spirits since checking himself out of the psychiatric unit last week and walked with a big grin across his face. Photo: John Dardis
The car the pair were travelling in. Photo: John Dardis
First pictures of Paul Kelly, former CEO of Console charity and his wife Patricia Kelly seen in town this afternoon,on their way to their solicitors office. Kelly seemed to be in good spirits since checking himself out of the psychiatric unit last week and walked with a big grin across his face. Photo: John Dardis

Here's Console's disgraced former CEO Paul Kelly pictured with his wife for the first time since it was revealed the pair splurged hundreds of thousands on the charity's expenses account.

Despite the shocking expenditure, the shamed former charity boss can be seen grinning, without a care in the world, as he made his way to a legal appointment in Dublin city centre yesterday afternoon.

Kelly (56) and his wife, Patricia were spotted, having travelled into the capital from their Kildare home, near the Four Courts.

He was wearing a blue pinstripe shirt, jeans and brown shoes.

The couple are understood to have left their Clane home in a 142 Toyota Yaris shortly after 1pm. They finished their business in Dublin city around 3pm.

Despite the initial smirk, Mr Kelly's expression became more glum as he noticed a camera pointed in his direction as he left the meeting.

Luxuries

Last month, Mr Kelly and his wife resigned as directors of the company after it was revealed the founder of the suicide prevention charity benefited from more than €500,000 in wages and cars between 2012 and 2014.

The pair, along with son Tim, spent another €500,000 using numerous credit cards belonging to the company.

The Console credit cards were used for luxuries such as foreign holidays and designer clothes.

The trips abroad included Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Some €37,000 was also spent on a horse, while another €10,000 was spent on his daughter for her 18th birthday.

Tim lavishly spent €63,000 last year alone on travel, cars and meals.

Since the scandal broke, the disgraced former director has had his bank accounts frozen.

However, a freezing order on one of the accounts has now been lifted to allow him and his wife to claim a €300 weekly social welfare cheque.

On Tuesday, Kelly's solicitor, James MacGuill told the High Court that apart from €6,700 in another bank account, the Kelly's have no other cash assets.

Barrister for Console, Keith Farry objected to Mr Kelly having access to this account however, as he believed the money may have also initially came from Console.

The couple also have an outstanding mortgage of €428,000 on their Alexandra Manor home in Co Kildare, while there is also another €225,000 outstanding on a property at Whitethorn Grove, Celbridge.

Combined monthly payments on the two properties work out at €5,300.

These repayments cannot be met, Kelly's solicitor said.

The case was adjourned until next Thursday.

Earlier this month, a horse belonging to the conman mysteriously went missing from a stables in Longford.

The brown mare, named Ecapitola had been bought by Kelly in 2014 for his daughter, Robyn who is an accomplished showjumper.

It has also been revealed that Kelly lied about the date of the death of his sister prior to the setting up of Console.

Mr Kelly said his sister's death in 2001 was the catalyst to founding the charity - which within a decade had counselling centres across the country.

He described the death of Sharon in her hospital bed before he set up the charity.

However, Sharon, from Ballyfermot, who had a history of mental health issues, died in the mid-1990s.

Mr Kelly is understood to have been in a psychiatric unit until last week after being arrested for his own safety.

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