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Homeless charity suspends employee over “serious matters”

A Garda investigation into the employee is ongoing.

Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) have suspended a senior employee at the charity after “serious matters” came “to the attention of the board”.

The Dublin homeless charity, with an office on Amiens Street, has also appointed a barrister to assess the issue.

“We immediately initiated an investigation and commenced an independent process which we expect recommendations from shortly,” the charity’s chairman, David Hall, said in a statement.

“In the interim, we have suspended an employee and the use of a separate service provider. The board has moved to appoint an independent senior counsel, Mr Remy Farrell to fully evaluate issues of concern. We are in communication with the charities regulator.

“The board is mindful of the vital role our team of volunteers and staff play in the daily lives of those sleeping rough in Dublin. We are grateful to them and our wider network of supporters. We as a board will continue to take whatever steps are necessary at this time to protect and enhance the invaluable work of the organisation and the welfare of all service users.”

The board appeared aware that the issue could be “the subject of media reports, potentially from tomorrow”, according to correspondence seen by the Irish Times between Mr. Hall and the charity’s staff and volunteers.

“We have put in place measures to ensure that our reputation is protected during this period. The board is mindful of the vital role that you, our staff and our team of volunteers play in the daily lives of those sleeping rough in Dublin. We are grateful to you and our wider network of supporters.”

Founded in 2013 to help people who were sleeping rough around Dublin, some 200 volunteers now work with the ICHH.

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