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Additional pressures Charity set up by Cllr Anthony Flynn to cease services from next week

In the letter, Mr Wallace told service volunteers that he has transitioned services currently provided by ICHH to other homeless charities to ensure that there are no gaps for those in need.

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Councillor Anthony Flynn (Brian Lawless/PA)

Councillor Anthony Flynn (Brian Lawless/PA)

Councillor Anthony Flynn (Brian Lawless/PA)

Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH), a charity for homeless people in Dublin is set to cease all services from Monday November 15th.

It comes after Judge, Mr Justice Brian O’Moore appointed a liquidator to wind down the company after the High Court was petitioned by the Charities Regulator.

A letter from the liquidator Kieran Wallace to the charity’s volunteers confirmed that ICHH will cease providing services to the homeless community from next Monday.

In the letter, Mr Wallace told service volunteers that he has transitioned services currently provided by ICHH to other homeless charities to ensure that there are no gaps for those in need.

Charities such as The Dublin Simon Community, The Peter McVerry Trust and Capuchin Day Centre will all face additional pressures once ICHH is no longer in operation.

The court-appointed liquidator also expressed appreciation for those who gave their time to the charity.

“I wish to express my sincerest appreciation to each and every volunteer for all your efforts in providing such important services to the most vulnerable in society and for ensuring that these services continued after my appointment as Liquidator,” he wrote.

“Your efforts have not gone unnoticed, having been noted by Justice O’Moore during the winding up hearing as a ‘heroic contribution’ to our society.”

Service users were notified of the cessation via a notice on the front door of the charity’s office on Amiens St, the Charity’s website and through Dublin Region Joint Homelessness Consultative Forum.

Previously in the High Court, Mr Justice O'Moore noted the petition to wind up the company was very unusual, as it was solvent with a net asset surplus of €850,000. However, he said that the company's governance creates an "ongoing challenge".

James Doherty SC, for the regulator, told the court that the application was made as a last resort, and in the public interest.

The judge praised the work done by ICHH's volunteers, whom he called heroic.

The charity faced controversy after its founder and CEO Anthony Flynn was accused of sexual assault and was under investigation by Gardai in relation to the two alleged incidents.

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The Dublin City Councillor died in tragic circumstances in August.

Since then, two more people have come forward to allege that they were sexually assaulted by the deceased.

In an affidavit, Helen Martin, chief executive of the charity regulator said that in July she became aware of a concern in relation to alleged sexual assaults by a member of the company on vulnerable service users. Martin said she sent the complaint to An Garda Siochana and sought further information from ICHH.

One of Flynn’s alleged victims told RTE in October that was held by him against his will for two nights and raped.

In April of this year, Flynn gave an interview outside the Dail where he said that vulnerable people in the homeless community were in fear of reporting sexual assault to Gardaí.

“Many feel that they might lose their bed if they report in regard to whether they report an issue of sexual assault,” he said at the launch of the ‘Our Voice, Homelessness Survey, Empowerment to Rights' report.

“Many of the individuals feel, basically that they won’t be heard and that nobody is listening to them and that there isn’t a proper complaints procedure in regard to reporting or even they do report that that report won’t be heard of or won’t be investigated.”

“Many feel that they might lose their bed if they report in regard to whether they report an issue of sexual assault or whether it be an issue with regard to their rights being violated within homeless service systems,” he added.

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