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High Court strikes out challenge by charity boss over €84,000 payments to her parents

Barbara Flynn had called a report by the Charities Regulator as “fundamentally flawed”.

Fromer Ataxia Ireland CEO Barbara Flynn pictured in 2008.
Fromer Ataxia Ireland CEO Barbara Flynn pictured in 2008.

THE HIGH COURT has struck out proceedings taken by a former charity boss against the Charities Regulator following a report that criticised payments made to her parents.

Last September, Barbara Flynn called the report “fundamentally flawed” after it found that €84,009 was paid to her parents who were founding trustees of charity Ataxia Ireland CLG.

Barbara Flynn was CEO of the charity at the time in question.

The Charities Regulator investigation found that payments to the two former trustees – totalling €84,009 between January 2008 and April 2016 – were “contrary to the Revenue’s stated position” that officers, directors and trustees of a charity should carry out their duties without payment.

Flynn had been granted leave to appeal and quash the report but this has now been struck out.

The decision comes a month after the High Court had refused proceedings taken by Flynn which sought the discovery of a number of documents relating to the review.

Justice Reynolds had refused that application in its entirety saying that it was “neither relevant nor necessary”.

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