Claims made by Revenue in relation to Kerry animal welfare charity to be contested

Claims made by Revenue in a High Court application looking to freeze orders against a Castleisland animal welfare charity are being contested.

Today’s Irish Examiner reports that CEO of Irish Mortgage Holder’s Association David Hall will be contesting the claims.

Last week Revenue secured temporary High Court orders preventing the Animal Heaven Animal Rescue charity reducing its assets below €191,000 or transferring its lands to another charity.

These orders, obtained on an ex-parte basis, were made against the trustees of AHAR.

David Hall was among four persons appointed in 2018 to the board of the charity on the nomination of the Charities Regulator.

The matter returned before Mr Justice Senan Allen yesterday who was informed by Evan O’Donnell BL for Mr Hall that his client wished to prepare a sworn statement in response to Revenue’s application.

Mr Hall intends to provide the court with a sworn statement which he says will clear up a number of factual matters that will resolve the dispute.

He has concerns over damage to his reputation arising out of the application.

In reply, Sally O’Neill BL for Revenue said her side was happy to adjourn the matter until the affidavit had been filed and if necessary replied to.

Revenue would contest any suggestion that it had not acted properly in the matter.

She added that Revenue had been in contact with other alleged trustees, who were consenting to the injunction against them remaining in place until the full hearing of the action.
Mr Justice Allen agreed to adjourn the matter to a date in May.

The injunction will remain in place against all parties until then.