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Saturday 20 September 2014

Judge's concern delays lotto licence for Bill W Club

Published 09/08/2014 | 00:00

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Aubrey Melville pictured at the Bill W Club, John Street Sligo.

A Judge has said he has concerns about the way a charity was dealing with money donations.

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He made the remarks about the Bill W Club of 3 Charles Street, Sligo.

"I've a concern at the lack of a system in place in dealing with money coming in," he said.

The Judge said: "All money coming in must be noted in an original set of books and be entered contemporaneously.

"This should be done before the matter is entered on a computer system and the money deposited in a bank."

Before Sligo District Court last Thursday was an application by the charity for a licence to operate a lottery.

This was in respect of 300 club private members monthly draw to take place between January 23rd 2014 and January 22nd 2015.

The application had been adjourned on a number of previous occasions.

Judge Kilrane said he was not granting a licence until a system to deal with incoming donations was "solidly in place".

"I want to physically see the books prepared and ready for use. I also want to hear from the treasurer," said the Judge.

He told Aubrey Melville chairman of the club: "I don't doubt your sincerity and honesty but there must be strict governance for your own protection as much as everything else."

Inspector Colm Nevin said the Gardai were no longer objecting to the application.

Mr Meville told the court that the treasurer would be a retired accountant who helped out at the club.

The witness told Judge Kilrane this appointment hadn't been recorded in minutes yet.

Judge Kilrane said there didn't appear to be any system in place whatsoever.

"It's ad hoc at best," he said.

Mr Meville said the club didn't receive donations through the door.

The application was further adjourned to September 4th.

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