Monday 23 January 2017

Latest scandal is devastating, but we can't let it destroy our faith in essential charities

Published 06/07/2016 | 02:30

A delighted Shane Ross arriving for yesterday’s Cabinet, where Enda Kenny conceded a free vote on the Fatal Foetal Abnormalities Bill. Photo: Tom Burke
A delighted Shane Ross arriving for yesterday’s Cabinet, where Enda Kenny conceded a free vote on the Fatal Foetal Abnormalities Bill. Photo: Tom Burke

It is devastating to see the already damaged Irish charity sector take another serious battering in the last week due to the allegations concerning one individual.

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Barely recovered from the wounding CRC/Rehab salary top-up controversy in 2014, the sector is rocked by a new tsunami of revelations over the Console suicide charity.

Claims centring on Paul Kelly make for stomach-churning reading. The allegations that Kelly and members of his family spent hundreds of thousands of euro -donated in good faith to support those affected by suicide - on a lavish lifestyle are sensational.

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