Revenue secures temporary orders stopping AHAR from reducing or transferring assets

The Revenue Commissioners have secured temporary High Court orders restraining Castleisland-based Animal Heaven Animal Rescue reducing or transferring assets.

Revenue are taking the action in a bid to get payment of a debt, according to today’s Irish Examiner.

The orders were made against the trustees of AHAR, and mean the charity can’t reduce its assets below €191,000 or transfer its lands to another charity.

Mr Justice Senan Allen granted the interim orders yesterday and returned the matter to next week.

He said the issue is whether the defendants are entitled to transfer the assets to another charity which might defeat the Revenue claim.

Sally O’Neill BL for the Revenue, said the €191,000 represents the figure for the charity’s liabilities as set out in a statement of affairs, €145,000 of which is owed to Revenue.

The statement showed AHAR had about €275,000 excess of assets over liabilities, and the bulk of those assets are the 37 acres from which it operates outside of Castleisland.

David Hall, who was appointed to the board of the charity in 2018 on the nomination of the Charities Regulator, told Revenue the assets and operations of AHAR were to be moved to a charity, Athlone and West Midlands Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Athlone SPCA), and the trustees had unanimously voted to transfer the land.