Sunday 4 December 2016

Paul Kelly's plush home among list of assets disclosed in court

Published 12/07/2016 | 02:30

Former Console chief Paul Kelly
Former Console chief Paul Kelly

The plush, gated family home of shamed Console chief Paul Kelly - worth an estimated €650,000 - will be the top personal asset to be disclosed in the High Court today.

  • Go To

The home in Alexandra Manor, Clane, Co Kildare, features electric gates and once boasted his Mercedes car and his wife Patricia's €57,000 Audi in the driveway. It was the mark of a charmed life before revelations of his extravagant spending of charity funds shattered the dream.

Mr Kelly had until 1pm yesterday afternoon to furnish statements of assets and any asset transfers made since 2012.

The full list of assets will be revealed in the High Court today as efforts are made to find out what was paid for from charity funds. It also features the Console headquarters, a five-bed house in Whitethorn Grove, Celbridge, Co Kildare. A third house, with a €500,000 mortgage - used for counselling in the Navan Road in Dublin - will also be listed.

The list of assets features the Console headquarters, a five-bed house in Whitethorn Grove, Celbridge, Co Kildare. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
The list of assets features the Console headquarters, a five-bed house in Whitethorn Grove, Celbridge, Co Kildare. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

It comes as the future of Console is set to be decided later this week when the charity's board meets. The board is expected to have no option but to agree that an application for its liquidation be made on the grounds it is insolvent.

It will mean the transfer of bereavement counselling services and its helpline to other charities - including Pieta House, the Samaritans and Aware.

Significant

The HSE is understood to have agreed contingency plans to offer around 300 people undergoing counselling with Console the option to transfer to other services if the liquidation goes through.

The handing over of the services to other agencies is expected to cost the HSE significant extra funding on top of the €70,000 it previously paid Console each month.

Legal moves to secure the Kellys' assets are to be examined, but any decision will have to be weighed against the costs involved. Interim chief executive David Hall and forensic accountant Tom Murray will make decisions in conjunction with the board of Console, which is entering its final chapter after being founded in 2002.

Twelve staff are to lose their jobs and thousands of euro in outstanding fees are due to counsellors.

There are 11 companies linked to Mr Kelly, and a trust called the Console Foundation has also been discovered which had its own cheques and bank accounts.

Meanwhile, further evidence of difficulties between Mr Kelly and health officials have emerged in correspondence between Console and the Department of Health.

He secured around €100,000 in National Lottery funding through the Department of Health while former minister for health Mary Harney was in office. The grant was given on condition that the charity furnish the department with a certificate of expenditure to demonstrate how the money was being spent.

However, it is understood that Mr Kelly had to be written to three times in the course of two years to provide the necessary documentation.

Separately, he received another €100,000 in National Lottery funding to set up a counselling and support service for children and teenagers bereaved by suicide.

Officials encountered the same problem when he failed to submit documents regarding certification of expenditure.

Irish Independent

Read More

Promoted articles

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News