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Paul Kelly, former CEO of Console

This morning.

Conor Feehan, in The Irish Independent, reports:

The former CEO of the Console suicide helpline, Paul Kelly, has died in tragic circumstances at his home in Clane, Co Kildare, Independent.ie can confirm.

Mr Kelly (62) was head of the charity shut down in 2016 after €464,000 credit card spending by him, his wife Patricia and son Tim was exposed.

…It is believed the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement got the go-ahead from the DPP in recent weeks to charge him with over ten breaches of company law and fraud during his time at the helm of Console.

…It is not known if Mr Kelly was aware he was to be charged with fraud offences at the time of his death.

Neither Patricia or Tim Kelly have been charged with any crime.

Former Console CEO Paul Kelly dies aged 62 (Irish Independent)

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Mattress Men will be in cinemas and on demand, from October 7.

But there will also be a screening of Mattress Men in the IFI, Temple Bar, Dublin on Thursday (September 22), at 8pm, followed by a Q&A session with Michael Flynn (Mattress Mick), Paul Kelly and director Colm Quinn.

The film blurb reads:

In an attempt to save his struggling mattress business, sixty-something Michael Flynn reinvents himself as the eccentric online personality ‘Mattress Mick’ under the guidance of his good friend Paul Kelly. Paul, burdened with debts and living with his family in inner city Dublin yearns to get a full-time contract working with Mick.

Using all his marketing savvy and entrepreneurial skills, Paul embarks on a mission to make Mattress Mick a viral sensation. Will Paul be successful in his endeavours? And will Mick finally overcome the challenges in their friendship and recognise the hard work and good intentions of his long-time friend? Mattress Men is a bittersweet and moving tale of friendship and the struggles of two men that is sure to delight audiences everywhere.


Previously: Going To The Mattresses

No Sleep Till Sundance

H/T (including headline): Lighthouse Cinema


Paul Kelly

“Walter Mitty-esque” is the most common term used to describe the astonishing revelations about Console founder Paul Kelly over the past week.

Like the fictional character, Kelly comes across as having a vivid fantasy life. Numerous anecdotes have him walking down Grafton Street dressed as an airline pilot, soliciting funds as a priest and making a real-life court appearance for impersonating a doctor.

It was almost comic.

Former Console chief Paul Kelly described as a ‘Walter Mitty’ (Paul Cullen, Irish Times)


Susie [a former suicide charity volunteer] writes:

The publicity surrounding current efforts to obtain files and open up lock ups owned by Console I would contend is merely a distraction to hide the real issue of the Paul Kelly story.

And it is this.

How could a chancer like Kelly become so embedded in the Irish establishment?

Kelly set up Console in the early noughties and within a couple of years had the endorsement of all relevant agencies of the Irish State culminating in securing as its first two patrons Presidents McAleese and Higgins.

Can someone out there explain how this could have happened?

The charity and Paul Kelly in particular were extolled by the likes of Enda Kenny, Mary Harney, Mary Davis, James Reilly and priests, bishops and showbiz types too numerous to mention.

In December 2014, Paul Kelly appeared on the People of the Year award when as, the Irish Times correctly noted:

‘People who knew Kelly from his early days recognised him on television and were incredulous’.

However six months later the country’s two first ladies, Sabina Higgins and Fionnuala Kenny, were guests of honour at a Console lunch hosted by Paul Kelly.

Can anyone out there explain that?

Interestingly, Console was not just set up to counsel the bereaved. It was, up to its exposure, lobbying for changes in the way inquests of suicides are reported, ostensibly on grounds of sensitivity but open to a much darker interpretation.

As for the Irish Times. I started with a quote from last Saturday’s paper. The author forgot to mention that this obvious charlatan was allowed frequent op-ed space in the Irish Times [below]. It’s almost comic.

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Good times.

Pic: People Of The Year Award




This afternoon.

Console interim CEO David Hall (top) and Patricia Kelly, formerly of Console, outside the Four Courts.

The High Court has heard the Console founders “engaged in a tactical and considered web of deceit while engaged in prolonged abuse of public trust and public money”.


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CEO of Console Paul Kelly; analysis of Console credit card payments and payments to his wife Patricia and their son Tim; and RTÉ Investigates journalist Paul Murphy

You may recall last Thursday night’s RTÉ Investigates report on the finances of national suicide charity, Console.

It reported how inappropriate payments were made to directors; multiple sets of accounts were used with alterations and deletions sent to different bodies; different dates of birth for the same person were used; while directors signed documents using both married and maiden names.

On the night of the report, it was reported that CEO of Console Paul Kelly had resigned.

Further to this….

Last night, RTE Investigates journalist Paul Murphy returned to the matter on Prime Time and reported on a draft copy of a HSE audit into the charity’s finances.

RTÉ writes:

The audit reveals details of how Paul Kelly, his wife Patricia and their son Tim benefited by almost half a million euro in salaries and cars between 2012 and 2014 with a further half a million euro spent during that period on Console credit cards for items including groceries, designer clothes and foreign trips. Between them Paul, Patricia and Tim Kelly used eleven credit cards over the three year period.

Amongst the items the cards were used for, were large unvouched cash withdrawals, trips to Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and other destinations, designer clothing in outlets such as Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss, dining out, rugby world cup tickets and dental work.

…Paul Kelly received consultancy payments of €218,586, plus a 2009 Mercedes CLS costing €30,600 (fully expensed) and 4 credit cards.

Patricia Kelly received salary payments €67,149, plus a 2010 Audi Q5 costing €57,000 (fully expensed) and 4 credit cards.

There were no contracts or board approvals for the payments for the CEO or his wife.

Inconsistent and vague explanations were provided to the internal audit about Patricia Kelly’s car.

In addition, Mr Murphy reported last night that although Mr Kelly issued a statement saying he’d stepped down last Thursday – following a board meeting – Mr Kelly is now claiming that the meeting was never properly convened and he actually has not resigned.

Watch last night’s Prime Time back in full here (go to 30.25).

Previously: Inconsolable

RTÉ Investigations Unit



Derry Clarke, who runs L’Ecrivan restaurant in Dublin with his wife Sallyanne Clarke, spoke to Seán O’Rourke, following last night’s Prime Time report.

Derry and Sallyanne’s son Andrew died by suicide in 2012.

Mr Clarke, who has fundraised extensively for Console since Andrew’s death, said:

“In January, a generous benefactor gave me a cheque for €26,000 which I gave directly to Console. It really makes me sick really, it really does. And to face these people, you know, over the last two years, to fundraise for, it’s difficult.”

“…I had no idea [of the payments], I really didn’t and that’s what really makes me more annoyed with myself because, normally, you know, when you’re giving a lot of money to someone, you check it out, you know, you check out where it’s going to and what it’s doing…where it’s going, what’s it being spent on. No idea really.

“And, you know something, in reflecting on Paul Kelly, I only met him at functions or fundraising functions so I never knew what car he drove or where he lived. So I didn’t know anything about him really when I look back, it’s kind of amazing really. A lesson learned, the hard way.”

“One thing I’ve got to say though Seán is Console, as an operation is spectacular. I mean the services they offer are second to none. I mean they’re the only charity at the moment that do a 24/7 phone line, a national phone line, that’s still in operation today.”

“I mean they get over 3,500 calls a month so that is something we have to look at. Many volunteers and counsellors that work with Console now, today, I mean they’re great people. It’s something which we should think of. If we could separate what they do, day-to-day services, from one person’s actions. If we could do that, that would be great.”