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Saturday 1 October 2016

Celia moves to distance herself from Console board in UK

Celia Larkin
Celia Larkin

Celia Larkin last night moved to distance herself from the board of a Console UK charity after she was listed as a trustee of the body in court.

A "Celia Larkin" was named as a trustee of a UK charity called Console Suicide Prevention Ltd, which had links to the Irish charity.

This prompted the former partner of Bertie Ahern, to clarify the situation.

Ms Larkin said that while she agreed to become a member of the board of Console UK, she never attended any board meeting or was invited to do so.

The High Court heard yesterday that further investigations into the suicide bereavement counselling charity Console have brought to light transactions between it and its sister organisation in the UK.

Linked

Information had also emerged about three linked properties around the country, as well as about a Paypal account, the court heard.

Freezing orders obtained by the interim CEO of Console in Ireland should be notified to the English bank which handled the transactions, Keith Farry BL for Console said.

Mr Farry said since the orders were obtained against Paul Kelly and his wife Patricia Dowling, preventing them accessing its accounts, links with the UK charity which is called "Console Suicide Prevention Ltd" had come to light. It followed further investigations by Mr Hall, who was appointed by the other Console directors and who brought the court proceedings to ensure the charity's services are maintained and to secure its assets.

The trustees of the UK body were Kelly and his wife, their son Tim Kelly, and the name of a fourth trustee allegedly appointed on May 7, 2015, was a "Celia Larkin", Mr Farry said.

Last night Ms Larkin told RTE News that in May 2015, she was invited to become a member of the board of Console UK and she agreed to become a board member.

In October 2015, Ms Larkin said that she attended the launch of Console UK.

Shortly afterwards, the friend who had invited her to become a board member resigned from the organisation.

Response

Ms Larkin said that in January 2016 she resigned from the board of Console UK and wrote to the Companies Registration Office informing them of this.

Solicitors for Console told the court that there has been difficulty contacting Kelly and his wife and in serving notices of proceedings personally on the Kellys.

Mr Farry said he called to the Kelly address at Alexandra Manor, Clane, Co Kildare, and found the property had electric gates and there was no response when he rang.

The postbox was over flowing with letters and it appeared nobody had been there for some time.

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