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Roll model David Hall reveals how charity bought him 'chicken rolls' and coffee for his help

He took to Twitter reveal his “salary/fees from inner city helping homeless” following “some online commentary”.


David Hall

David Hall

David Hall

David Hall, who recently stepped down as chair of Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) following threats to his personal safety, has taken to Twitter to reveal he was not paid for helping the charity. 

Mr Hall resigned from his role last week in the wake of the death of founder and chief executive of the charity, Independent Dublin city councillor Anthony Flynn, who was found dead in his home in a suspected suicide.

Mr Flynn was being investigated by gardaí over an alleged sexual assault and had been suspended from the charity.

In a message to staff, Mr Hall said he was advised by gardaí to step down as chairman due to threats to his personal safety.

He has now taken to Twitter reveal his “salary/fees from inner city helping homeless” following “some online commentary”.

“I can confirm for 2019 (appointed to board) it was €0,” he tweeted. “For 2020 it was €0, for 2021 it was €0. Expenses claimed for 2019 €0, for 2020 €0, for 2021 €0. The charity bought be (sic me) three Americanos & two chicken rolls.”

Mr Hall is also a mortgage debt relief advocate as chief executive of the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation and owns ambulance company Lifeline Ambulance.

In his message last week, Mr Hall wrote: “Anthony’s tragic death has regrettably given rise to an unwarranted social media blame campaign. I know this has given rise to upset, particularly as it has also resulted in personal safety threats to me and others,” he said.

“Sadly, I was advised by gardaí that due to threats to my own personal safety, it is not safe for me at this time to attend the office. I’ve been unable to attend the office since Anthony’s passing.

"As a result, we are faced with a situation where proper governance or support is impacted,” adding: “I can no longer fulfil my role as chair and trustee.”

In the message, Mr Hall said Mr Flynn’s passing was a “tragedy”, and said he had a “good working relationship and friendship with Anthony”.

“While the serious matters which arose in recent weeks brought a strain to the charity as a whole, my communications with Anthony remained respectful. Attempts to suggest otherwise are simply not true,” he said.

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Mr Hall said his decision to step down from the board of the charity was taken with a “heavy heart”, and “arrangements are in place to ensure that the roles I have vacated will be filled”.

Counselling resources will be made available to members of staff at the charity, as Mr Hall acknowledged that the coming weeks would “likely continue to be very difficult”.

Concluding his message, Mr Hall said: “I wish you and ICHH well and remember, you alongside Anthony, have done good work. I wish you every success in your efforts into the future as there are a small number of people who like you, really care about one of the most marginalised communities in the country.”

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