Console's interim CEO granted permission to enter storage unit paid for by Paul Kelly

David Hall applied for the order after a concerned member of the public contacted him

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Console’s interim CEO has been given permission to gain access to a storage unit that was paid for under the name of the charity’s founder Paul Kelly.

David Hall applied for the order after a concerned member of the public rang Console’s offices in Celbridge on Friday to say he had important information for the interim CEO.

Last Tuesday afternoon, five days after the RTÉ Investigations Unit broadcast that highlighted financial irregularities at the charity, he said he saw Paul Kelly and his wife Patricia at a storage unit within a business park in Naas.

He said he saw them making two deliveries there and that Mr. Kelly was driving an Audi Q5 for the first.

He said both arrived in a Merc the second time. He said Mrs. Kelly stood at the door of the container while her husband appeared to be inside.

Mr. Hall applied for an order to break the unit’s lock and inspect what’s inside because he believes the charity is in “serious and exceptional danger”.

He said Mr. Kelly’s name appeared on the receipt for the unit along with his number and an Dublin address unknown to the charity.

Mr. Justice Paul Gilligan granted the order at 2.30pm and a gagging order was applied to the media for an hour to allow him get to the facility.

Meanwhile, a High Court hearing relating to injunctions made against Paul Kelly, his wife and sister Joan McKenna will go ahead tomorrow as planned.

The orders, which prevent them from interfering with Console in light of findings of financial irregularities at the charity, were made last week.

Earlier, Ms. McKenna, a former director of the organisation, asked the court for more time to respond.