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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:36 pm 
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Ataxia is a term for a group of disorders that affect co-ordination, balance and speech. In severe cases it can be fatal.


Back in May
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Charity Ataxia Ireland is set to be closed with its functions transferred to another body.
The board of the organisation made the announcement in a notice posted on the charity's website. It said it believed the charity "no longer has the trust of its members or the wider public, and this makes fundraising impossible both currently and into the future".

The charity had previously been the subject of an investigation by the Charities Regulatory Authority, which said that there was "a fundamental weakness in the financial management and control of the charity between 2014 and mid-June 2015." The CEO at that time, Barbara Flynn, subsequently launched a High Court challenge against the investigation.

https://www.independent.ie/business/iri ... 00522.html

In the news recently:
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The man behind a new charity after the closure of controversial Ataxia Ireland has slammed "career CEOs" and said this time, "the members are doing it for themselves."

Wexford man Albert Young, who suffers from the brain condition Friedreich's Ataxia, is now CEO of Ataxia Foundation Ireland (AFI).

He said the charity is "breaking the mould" as five of the seven board members have an Ataxia themselves.



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Ataxia Ireland was forced to close earlier this year after a damning Charity Regulatory Authority report and its functions were fully transferred to AFI.

The investigation, published in July 2017, discovered that two founding trustees at the charity, Clare and Tim Creedon, were wrongly paid €84,009.

The payments broke Revenue Commissioner rules, which state charity trustees cannot be paid.
It was also learned that its generous funding from the HSE quadrupled over the years. Ataxia Ireland was given €102,383 by the HSE last year - up from €27,934 in 1999.

The charity was reported to have weak internal financial controls and the Creedons' daughter Barbara Flynn, the charity's chief executive, had a pension contribution of €38,500 which was paid from funds rather than from her salary.

In addition to the annual HSE funding, Ataxia Ireland also received yearly lottery payments through the Department of Justice - reaching a high of €109,212 in 2011.

"Now we're starting totally from scratch financially," Mr Young said.

"And we've been contacting as many people as we can about our new charity. It's a small community because it's such a rare disability.

"I think people's confidence will be restored in charities when an organisation does something like what we're doing now," he continued.

"It's the people who were affected that are trying to change things here.

"A lot of members were shocked and surprised at the time of the [Charity Regulatory Authority] report, and really the organisation had been around for some time. Now we're approaching things a different way."

Mr Young said the board has created a number of cost-effective measures for their new charity.

"We designed our own logo, built our own website, we're operating without the use of an office for as long as possible.

"We rent a boardroom from another charity for our monthly management meetings
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Mr Young previously told Independent.ie he had no regrets on making an official complaint about Ataxia Ireland.

He first became concerned when he noticed that a large number of committee members were leaving the organisation without explanation.

And then later became concerned about finance issues. He then moved to distance himself from the Leopardstown-based charity.

"I could not stay silent and allow funds being donated to the support of members not going to them," he said.

"There were pensioners giving €50 out of their pension to support the charity
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https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/m ... 93203.html

Its pretty bad when you screw over pensioners donating money and people with a life changing disease. Good to see a totally different approach to charity being taken here.


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 Post subject: Re: The charity sector thread
PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:21 am 
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The Guardian wrote:

Saudis demanded good publicity over Yemen aid, leaked UN document shows

The UN aid agency, Ocha, was pushed to accept extensive terms attached to $930m from Saudi Arabia and UAE

Saudi Arabia has demanded that aid agencies operating in Yemen should provide favourable publicity for Riyadh’s role in providing $930m (£725m) of humanitarian aid, an internal UN document reveals.

Saudi military intervention in the three-year civil war is widely regarded as a prime cause of the humanitarian disaster that has seen 10,000 civilians killed, and left millions close to starvation. The kingdom intervened in Yemen to restore a UN-recognised government, and push back Iranian-supported Houthi rebels.

Although many donors seek publicity in return for grants, the extent of the Saudi demands are highly unusual.
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 Post subject: Re: The charity sector thread
PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:47 am 
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 Post subject: Re: The charity sector thread
PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:28 am 
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Irish businessman Peter Conlon has been convicted of embezzlement in Switzerland after pleading guilty to using almost €4m that was intended for charities to fund his donations technology company.

Conlon, the founder and chief executive of Ammado, has been in custody in Switzerland since being arrested at Zurich airport on December 22 last year.

At a hearing in the District Court in Zurich on Wednesday, he was found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison, with the last two years suspended.


https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/irel ... -25ql5gnz8

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Aubrey McCarthy, of Tiglin Challenge, a homeless and rehabilitation charity, has been running – at least until earlier this week – a short-term-lets business through Airbnb.
He was connected to 14 listings on the platform either as the host or co-host, all in the Liberties area of Dublin 8, most of which are apartments. The listings had been taken down by Tuesday night.
Using homes year-round as short-term lets without planning permission is a breach of planning law.


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 Post subject: Re: The charity sector thread
PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:36 pm 
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I haven't seen that website before but fair play to them for that article. Some investigative journalism...and in Ireland. jaw dropping stuff which says a lot!


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 Post subject: Re: The charity sector thread
PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:44 pm 
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FreeFallin wrote:
I haven't seen that website before but fair play to them for that article. Some investigative journalism...and in Ireland. jaw dropping stuff which says a lot!


Dublin Inquirer is a really great publication.I subscribe to the print version and it's really good.

It's found a gap in the market.

The Irish Times doesn't do proper Dublin local stories and and deHedild is just rubbish with a readership that's dying off.


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 Post subject: Re: The charity sector thread
PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:49 pm 
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Skippy 3 wrote:
FreeFallin wrote:
I haven't seen that website before but fair play to them for that article. Some investigative journalism...and in Ireland. jaw dropping stuff which says a lot!


Dublin Inquirer is a really great publication.I subscribe to the print version and it's really good.

It's found a gap in the market.

The Irish Times doesn't do proper Dublin local stories and and deHedild is just rubbish with a readership that's dying off.


Yes indeed. Online subscription is €5 per month and they break at least two good stories a week. Well worth supporting


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 Post subject: Re: The charity sector thread
PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:35 pm 
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You lads are almost convincing me to subscribe. Haven't even clicked on the website of an Irish "newspaper" in years

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 Post subject: Re: The charity sector thread
PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:50 pm 
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The Inquirer has a bit of a liberal feel to it from a quick look around it earlier...not for me so :lol:


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