Friday 9 December 2016

It's easy to miss the detail and get carried away by the story

The Console scandal is what happens when the State outsources the tricky work, writes Brendan O'Connor

Published 03/07/2016 | 02:30

NEW LEADER: Console’s interim CEO David Hall checking the cars belonging to Paul Kelly and his wife Patricia yesterday. Photo: Fergal Phillips
NEW LEADER: Console’s interim CEO David Hall checking the cars belonging to Paul Kelly and his wife Patricia yesterday. Photo: Fergal Phillips

Of course, it's all obvious now. I even started remembering myself how I found something a bit off about Paul Kelly when I met him. Deeply sincere-seeming, but also seeming to be enjoying it all a bit too much, this little dapper, tanned man. He didn't seem overly charismatic, but he had a great welcome for himself, and there was something priesty about him. It is also telling that a priest and a doctor, two of the professions we used to question the least, were the two professions that Paul Kelly impersonated.

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I met him at a point where he had latched onto the family of Donal Walsh and ostensibly he seemed to be doing good work in Tralee, so you know, you try to ignore your prejudices.

And Kelly, on the face of it, was not unlike many other people who set up charities.

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