Saturday 21 October 2017

Hotel owed €20,000 by Console after putting up charity cyclists

Paul Kelly at his home in Clane, Co Kildare, yesterday
Paul Kelly at his home in Clane, Co Kildare, yesterday

Shane Phelan and Conor Feehan

A hotel which hosted a group of cyclists raising funds for suicide bereavement organisation Console has emerged as one of the charity's creditors.

Informed sources said the Clayton Hotel in Galway was owed almost €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 Console chief executive Paul 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 in aid of the charity. A spokesman for the hotel declined to comment.

The Revenue Commissioners will also be a creditor, with at least €60,000 owed to the taxman when the charity collapsed.

A full list of creditors is likely to emerge when the matter goes before the High Court again in October.

Approached this week by the Irish Independent outside his home in Clane, Co Kildare, Mr Kelly declined to comment before retreating behind electronic gates.

He is being investigated by the Office of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE), assisted by gardaí. A source close to the probe said ODCE officials were examining around 400 files recovered from a lock-up rented by Mr Kelly.

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

Their existence had not been disclosed by Mr Kelly.

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

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

The charity's services and staff members were transferred to Pieta House following its collapse.

Irish Independent

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