Ex-boss of suicide charity accused of stealing €7,000
THE former boss of a charity has been accused of stealing thousands of euro from his own organisation.
Declan Behan (41) is alleged to have stolen more than €7,000 from the Irish Association of Suicidology.
It is claimed that he withdrew the cash from ATMs at locations around the country while he was chief executive.
Charges have been brought against him in relation to the alleged thefts, which are said to have happened between early 2010 and late 2012.
Mr Behan, of Boyne View, Slane, Co Meath, is charged with at least 30 counts of theft.
Yesterday, he had the case against him adjourned for the preparation of a book of evidence when he appeared in Dublin District Court.
The offences, under Section 4 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act, relate to locations including ATMs in Grafton Street, O'Connell Street, Baggot Street, Shelbourne Road, Sandymount Road, Ranelagh, Ballsbridge, Cabra and Lusk in Dublin, as well as Dundalk, Cork, Castlebar, Drogheda, Enfield, Dunleer and Duleek.
When the case came before Judge Victor Blake, State Solicitor Anne Collins said the DPP was directing trial on indictment, meaning he will be dealt with by the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
The judge granted free legal aid after hearing that Mr Behan was not working. He was remanded on continuing bail to appear in court again on a date next month for the service of the book of evidence.
Mr Behan's prosecution follows a garda investigation into financial irregularities at the charity.
The organisation is a forum for individuals and groups involved in suicidology to share their knowledge.