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Death means Console head Kelly will never have to answer for €600,000 'web of deceit'

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Strange past: Paul Kelly had posed as a doctor at the Royal City of Dublin Hospital, as a priest and as a pilot. Picture: Courtpix

Strange past: Paul Kelly had posed as a doctor at the Royal City of Dublin Hospital, as a priest and as a pilot. Picture: Courtpix

Strange past: Paul Kelly had posed as a doctor at the Royal City of Dublin Hospital, as a priest and as a pilot. Picture: Courtpix

The death in tragic circumstances of Paul Kelly on Sunday night came as authorities were preparing to bring charges against the Console founder.

Kelly was expected to appear in court in the coming weeks after a three-and-a-half year investigation into the former suicide bereavement charity was finally wrapped up by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE). But his passing means we may never get answers for the huge betrayal of public trust he presided over.

The length of the inquiry has meant the scandal has faded somewhat in the public memory. So it is worth remembering the seismic impact it had on the charity sector.