Sunday 18 February 2018

Paul Kelly billed €80 speeding fine to Console for 'rush to suicide emergency'

Audit reveals three trips to Australia in 16 months, writes Maeve Sheehan

Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

When Paul Kelly was invited to speak at a conference in Auckland, New Zealand in September 2012, he made the most of it.

He was, after all, the boss of a suicide bereavement charity, Console, and had yet to be found out. No one remembered that he once got the Probation Act in 1983 for pretending to be a doctor, or that he went on to call himself a priest to boost donations to a dubious counselling charity that folded with a reported €100,000 tax debt. Now here he was, being invited to share a podium with leading international thinkers on suicide prevention at a conference on the other side of the world.

According to the draft report by the Health Service Executive's internal auditors, Paul Kelly took along his 20-something son, Tim, and a bunch of Console credit cards for a 17-day trip that also took in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

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