Saturday 3 December 2016

Kelly is not the only culprit - HSE and Government are to blame for Console too

Published 09/07/2016 | 02:30

Former Console chief Paul Kelly is seen here with Ireland’s first lady Sabina Higgins with a tea cosy in the image of the President Michael D Higgins in Mayo in 2015 to help launch the Cosy Up To Console national suicide awareness campaign. Mr Kelly is now at the centre of a growing scandal over allegations concerning his governance of the charity Photo: Keith Heneghan
Former Console chief Paul Kelly is seen here with Ireland’s first lady Sabina Higgins with a tea cosy in the image of the President Michael D Higgins in Mayo in 2015 to help launch the Cosy Up To Console national suicide awareness campaign. Mr Kelly is now at the centre of a growing scandal over allegations concerning his governance of the charity Photo: Keith Heneghan

Mud all over the charity world. Wasn't that sector hosed off and put to rights? If only. And so deja vu unfolds yet again for a public whose trust continues to be not just abused but given the punchbag treatment.

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Between the wind-down of Console, whose serial liar chief executive used its funds as a personal cash machine, and revelations about €2m in payments at St John of God's, the charity world spectacularly fails to cover itself in glory.

And let's not forget the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC), where we learn an accidental overpayment to former chief executive Paul Kiely cannot be recouped from his €741,000 severance package - that's more than 20 years of wages to average earners. Legal advice indicates it would cost too much to pursue the money.

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