Sunday 21 January 2018

Sister of Console chief Paul Kelly says she was never director of charity

Console’s founder Paul Kelly
Console’s founder Paul Kelly

Tim Healy

A sister of suicide bereavement counselling charity founder, Paul Kelly, claims she was never a director of the organisation, the High Court heard.

Joan McKenna's lawyers today asked the court for more time to file an affidavit in response to last Thursday's order preventing her, her brother and his wife Patricia Kelly/Dowling, from accessing bank and financial affairs of Console and ordering the return of the charity's property to its interim CEO.

Ms McKenna is co-defendant with the Kellys and was described in a court document as a director and sister of Mr Kelly.

Jim Bridgemen BL, for Ms McKenna, said Thursday's order required his client's replying affidavit to the proceedings to be delivered by this evening (Monday) in advance of the return of the case before the court tomorrow.

However, Mr Bridgemen was applying for more time to deliver the sworn statement and wanted the case be put back to later this week.

He said his client was prepared to give certain undertakings and she was "never a director" of the Console company.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan said he could "explain that in due course" but he was not prepared to break up the case to have two of the defendants (Kelly and wife) dealt with on one day and the third (Ms McKenna) on another day.

He said there was no reason the affidavit could not be sworn and ready by 9.30am tomorrow.  If Ms McKenna's lawyers could not do so, he would review the matter tomorrow.

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