Monday 19 March 2018

Disgraced Console boss Kelly wants €5,100 a month to pay mortgages

Paul Kelly is seeking the right to claim social welfare
Paul Kelly is seeking the right to claim social welfare
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Disgraced Console boss Paul Kelly is due to ask the High Court today for at least €5,100 a month to be freed up in living expenses.

His legal team insists that the money needs to be released from his frozen bank accounts in order to service mortgages.

The highest amount of €3,500 is due to pay for the mortgage on his large family home in Clane in Kildare, which became a mark of his lavish lifestyle, funded by charity donations from generous donors.

He is seeking another €1,600 to pay the mortgage on the four-bedroomed residential house in Celbridge which was used as the charity's headquarters.

His application also includes a request that he be allowed to draw social welfare.

Console is now in liquidation and Pieta House is being funded to provide the helpline and counselling services instead.

Mr Kelly also wants the order freezing the accounts of his wife Patricia lifted.

It emerged last week that Mr Kelly is being sued for "monies owed", which could mean that his declared assets can potentially be seized.

Console has debts of nearly €300,000 and the liquidator must pay as many creditors, including the Revenue Commissioners, as much as possible.

Among those who are listed as creditors are contracted clinicians who acted as suicide liaison officers covering Sligo, Leitrim, Limerick, Clare, North Tipperary, Galway and Wexford. They are due around €5,000 each but have been told that they are bottom of the pecking order.

Irish Independent

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