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Friday 30 September 2016

Ex-Console boss and wife make rare public appearance

Published 22/07/2016 | 02:30

Paul Kelly and his wife Patricia walk through Dublin city centre yesterday Photos: John Dardis
Paul Kelly and his wife Patricia walk through Dublin city centre yesterday Photos: John Dardis

Disgraced former Console chief Paul Kelly managed a brief smile as he visited his solicitors' office in Dublin accompanied by his wife Patricia.

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But for the most part the couple looked sombre and preoccupied as they were photographed yesterday walking along Ormonde Quay - away from their parked and compact Toyota Yaris. The mode of transport is in contrast to the Mercedes and Audi cars they previously drove before they were handed over and sold following revelations that the Kellys had spent charity funds on their personal lifestyles.

Their Toyota Yaris car. Photo: John Dardis
Their Toyota Yaris car. Photo: John Dardis

Dressed in a blue shirt and jeans, a tanned Mr Kelly appeared to have shaved off his trademark moustache.

The couple are now in receipt of a supplementary welfare allowance of €300.

The High Court was told Paul Kelly cannot afford to pay the mortgages of €5,200-a-month on his four-bedroom family home in Clane or the former Console headquarters in Celbridge in Kildare.

He needs to get access to documentation in Console's main computer to generate a P45 to claim unemployment benefit.

A liquidator is attempting to sort out debts of almost €300,000 which have been left following the closure of Console.

Pieta House has taken over the helpline and suicide bereavement counselling services which had been provided by Console.

Irish Independent

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