Inner-city youth club faces €12k tax bill as proper books 'not kept'
A NORTH Dublin inner-city youth club established more than 40 years ago has fallen foul of the Revenue Commissioners over a €12,000 tax bill.
The City Sheriff has been involved in communications with Sheriff Youth Club, based on Commons Street in Dublin 1, over two debts outstanding - one for €2,802 and a second for €9,040.
The warrant for the smaller amount was issued this year, while the warrant for the larger amount of more than €9,000 was issued last year.
In records made available publicly, and seen by the Herald, the amounts are shown to be owed to Revenue and are currently being sought by the Sheriff, who is acting as messenger on its behalf.
Company records also show that an auditor who checks the accounts of Sheriff Youth Club Ltd, which is listed as having two directors who live locally, resigned in April this year over concerns about the failure of the club to keep proper records.
Dermot Deegan of Dermot Deegan and Company wrote to the Companies Registration Office to inform it of his resignation as Sheriff Youth Club auditor.
He said it had contravened Section 202 of the Companies Act in a letter headed 'Notification of notice that proper books of account not kept'.
"I have notified the directors by registered post ... outlining the reasons for my resignation, namely the failure to keep proper records of account," Mr Deegan wrote.
The last accounts filed by the club were back in 2011.
The club's listed directors declined to comment on the matter when approached by the Herald, but it is understood it is in communication with the Sheriff's office regarding payments to reduce the amount owed.
Local sources say that the club is absolutely vital in an area where unemployment levels and drug addiction levels are high.
It runs football clubs and other sporting clubs to keep the local youth community focussed on positive goals and is run on a voluntary basis
As a result, costs such as pitch hire and coaches for transport are incurred.
Local success stories who have been involved in the club in the past include Boyzone star Stephen Gately and Love/Hate actor Laurence Kinlan, whose own father died from the results of drug use when the future star was only a young boy.
The motto of the club is 'Always Trying'.
No goods or materials have been seized by the Sheriff in settlement or part settlement of the tax bill.
The club continues to provide local services in the city centre and is not believed to be under threat.