Console: Just the latest in long line of charity scandals


By Anthony Sheridan

Letter in today’s Irish Times. The first paragraph of the letter was edited out; I include it here in brackets.

(The scandal exposed by RTEs Primetime involving the charity Console is just the latest in a long line of scandals surrounding the charity industry.)


Following a spate of scandals in 2014, the then government established the Charities Regulatory Authority. The effectiveness of this new organisation can be summed up in just one sentence taken from its website:

“We are not currently empowered or resourced to conduct statutory investigations of charities.”

Yours, etc,

Anthony Sheridan


Co Cork.