Revenue officials to begin examining Console accounts

Revenue officials have written to Console seeking full access to all of its files from the past seven years

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Revenue officials will reportedly begin examining the accounts of suicide bereavement charity Console in a matter of days.

According to reports in the Irish Examiner Revenue officials have twice written to the charity seeking full access to all of its files from the past seven years.

Console has been embroiled in controversy since a HSE audit revealed financial irregularities at the charity between 2012 and 2014.

The audit found that the charity was controlled and dominated by its founder Paul Kelly, who is now in a psychiatric hospital following the scandal.

He, his wife Patricia and son Tim were paid €500,000 in salaries and cars in the two years between 2012 and 2014. They are also accused of running up credit card bills of the same amount.

The audit found that almost €25,000 of that was spent on restaurants, just over €20,000 went on groceries, a further €1,340 was spent on dental work while just over €2,000 was spent on tickets to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement has launched a probe into the claims.

Console had an income of just over €1.9m in 2014, almost half of it from state agencies, mainly the HSE.

The HSE met the charity's interim CEO, David Hall, during the week to discuss the future of Console’s services, which are now likely to be transferred to other support organisations.

Meanwhile the High Court has heard that there are concerns that the Kellys could move further assets beyond the control of the charity.