Sunday 22 October 2017

Former Console CEO Paul Kelly and wife relinquish company cars and credit cards after 10 days of turmoil over finances

Former CEO of Console Paul Kelly Photo: Collins
Former CEO of Console Paul Kelly Photo: Collins
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

The husband and wife team who headed the suicide bereavement charity Console relinquished their top of the range company cars, credit cards, company records, a computer and keys today after 10 days of turmoil over revelations of massive spending.

Paul Kelly, who resigned as chief executive of Console, and his wife, Patricia, who was its chairperson and director, failed to show up for the handover which took place in Bewleys Hotel in Ballsbridge shortly before 2pm today.

Instead solicitors for the couple arranged for the 2010 Audi Q5 used by Patricia Kelly and a 2009 Mercedes CLS driven by her husband to be collected from their home in Clane, Co Kildare. The cars cost the suicide bereavement charity more than €87,000.

This week, the Charities Regulator appointed five new board members to assume control of the scandal-ridden organisation.

Among them is David Hall, who described accounts filed by the charity last year as "horrific". "I've never spent seven days like I've spent these seven days," he added.

Also, in light of the revelations about the charity, the People of the Year awards have made contact with Paul Kelly asking him to return the honour he received from them in 2014. A spokesperson for the awards said the move was made to protect their integrity.

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