Paul Kelly billed €80 speeding fine to Console for 'rush to suicide emergency'
Audit reveals three trips to Australia in 16 months, writes Maeve Sheehan
When Paul Kelly was invited to speak at a conference in Auckland, New Zealand in September 2012, he made the most of it.
He was, after all, the boss of a suicide bereavement charity, Console, and had yet to be found out. No one remembered that he once got the Probation Act in 1983 for pretending to be a doctor, or that he went on to call himself a priest to boost donations to a dubious counselling charity that folded with a reported €100,000 tax debt. Now here he was, being invited to share a podium with leading international thinkers on suicide prevention at a conference on the other side of the world.
According to the draft report by the Health Service Executive's internal auditors, Paul Kelly took along his 20-something son, Tim, and a bunch of Console credit cards for a 17-day trip that also took in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.