DPP decides no presecution into investigation of Bumbleance theft allegation

The Director of Public Prosecutions has decided not to mount a prosecution following an investigation into an alleged theft from a Kerry children’s charity ambulance

Gardaí carried out the investigation following an allegation from former director of the charity that an alleged theft of equipment from a Bumbleance at the National Ploughing Championships in County Laois in 2014, had not taken place.
The reporting of the theft by CEO of the Saoirse Foundation, Tony Heffernan, led to a flood of donations to the charity however former director David Hall made a complaint to An Gardaí Síochána calling the theft into question.
Gardaí have told Radio Kerry that the investigation was finalised and a file forwarded to the DPP following which it has decided not to prosecute.

Speaking to Radio Kerry, Mr Hall said he is awaiting the decision in writing from the DPP and says it is his intention to lodge an appeal of that decision.

Appeals of decisions not to prosecute by the DPP are handled by a solicitor who was not involved in making the original decision.

Mr Hall was one of four directors who resigned from the board of the Saoirse Foundation in May 2015 citing governance issues.

Following the resignations, the foundation engaged Deloitte to carry out a review of its governance.

The Saorise Foundation told Radio Kerry it has no comment on this development for the time being.

Mr Heffernan has always maintained that complaints made against the charity are completely inaccurate and said he has always fully supported a governance review of the foundation.