Founder of Kerry based animal rescue vows to run for election if charity is taken from her

The founder of a Kerry based animal rescue charity says she will run in the next general election as an animal activist if the charity is taken from her.

This month the Charities Regulator attempted to place two nominees onto the board of AHAR as part of a solution to poor governance issues at the rescue.

The CRA imposed sanctions on AHAR in January 2017 after it found AHAR was in breach of the law by not maintaining proper accounts. Three months later the charity regulator found the charity was now keeping satisfactory accounts.


Suzanne Gibbons set up AHAR in 1991 in Gneeveguila on a rented farm, she later generated €178,000 through fundraising. This combined with a donation from a wealthy donor led to the purchase of a farm in Castleisland.

According to a report in the Sunday Business Post, Ms Gibbons is opposed to one of the nominees proposed to sit on the board, namely Andrew Kelly of the ISPCA.

The paper reports that Ms Gibbons said the ISPCA has a different ethos to AHAR.