Violated, Disgusted And Let Down – Twitter Reacts To The Spending Scandal At Suicide Charity Console
The public is sickened – and can you blame them?
We haven't been short on charity scandals in Ireland over the past few years.
A sad statement to make, but a painfully true one.
Every time, we say it's the final nail in the coffin – and yet, every time the inherently charitable nature of the Irish people seems to carry us through. The sector recovers, we all move on
In the wake of last night's Prime Time report on Console, however, there is a palpable feeling that we've crossed a point of no return.
Founder Paul Kelly, along with his wife and son, spent almost half a million euro of the charity's money on personal expenses – from cars, designer clothes and travel to Rugby World Cup tickets.
And the reaction on Twitter has been a mixture of sadness, anger and a sorry sense of futility.
Unsurprising when you look at the numbers
The predominant feeling is one of pure anger
If you're ripping off a charity like #Console then prison is too good for you.— Baz (@bazlyons) June 29, 2016
Along with disgust at the family itself
They did it because they could. Absolutely sickening, & what a blow to those in need of a service like this, and to their families #Console— Aoife Hearne (@HearneAoife) June 28, 2016
Unsurprisingly, many feel deeply let down
While there's a growing sense of frustration in the wake of other similar scandals
Is the Irish charity "industry" just one big gravy train? #Console— Darren Geraghty (@GeraghtyDarren) June 28, 2016
Shocked by what I'm reading about Console, another scandal that will tar all transparent, honest charities with the same brush #Console— Liz Roche (@LizJRoche) June 29, 2016
The public is sickened...
And you can't really blame them.