The High Court has granted a number of injunctions preventing Paul Kelly, former CEO of the suicide bereavement charity Console, from accessing its bank accounts and credit cards.
The court granted an injunction restraining Mr Kelly, his wife Patricia and former director Joan McKenna from interfering with the economic, commercial or public interests of the charity.
Console's interim CEO David Hall told the court that the charity was in "serious and exceptional danger" because money and accounts were still accessible and being transacted by Mr Kelly and his wife.
In a sworn statement to the court, Mr Hall said he believed the charity could be irreparably damaged if measures were not put in place to protect it.
Mr Hall said he became "exceptionally concerned" after documents went missing from a usually locked cabinet in the offices of the charity last weekend.
He referred to an interim report prepared by him and accountant Tom Murray in which they express concerns about the location and security of Console's books and records and about the control and management of bank accounts and credit cards.
The external review carried out by the businessman and Mr Murray also raises concerns that multiple credit cards are in existence and use, with no control over their operation, a number of which are under the control of Mr Kelly and his wife.
Mr Hall also expressed concern over the access the Kellys have to Console's office and said he understood they were claiming ownership of an office in Celbridge, Co Kildare.
He said since the completion of his interim report other matters of concern had been brought to his attention, such as the removal of a computer containing payroll software which had not been backed up.
A wide range of injunctions were sought by Console and Mr Hall against Mr Kelly, Ms Kelly and Ms McKenna.
The injunctions sought include an order freezing and preventing access to the bank accounts of the charity and cancelling any mandate or authority the defendants would have over accounts or credit cards.
The court was also asked to freeze the assets of the charity and to require the defendants to return all records and property.
It also sought to prevent the defendants holding themselves out as CEO and/or directors of Console.
The court was also asked to restrain the defendants from interfering with the economic, commercial or public interests of the charity and from destroying, moving or concealing the books and records.
It also seeks to restrain the defendants from using confidential information, documents books or records for any purpose or from taking any further steps to injure or cause damage to the reputation of Console.
This afternoon Mr Justice Paul Gilligan granted the injunctions saying he had taken account of the concerns raised by Mr Hall that Console would suffer irreparable damage and would not be able to continue its services if the orders were not granted.
Earlier, Senior Counsel Martin Hayden told the judge the orders were required to "steady the ship" so that services could be provided and maintained "while all this is sorted out".
In his affidavit, Mr Hall said he was appointed along with Mr Murray, to carry out an external review of the issues raised in a programme by the RTÉ Investigations Unit and the HSE Audit Report.
He said he became aware of the resignation of Mr Kelly as CEO on 23 June shortly before the broadcast of the RTÉ programme in which a number of serious issues were raised.
He was informed by a firm of solicitors who met Mr Kelly on 27 June with a view to conducting an orderly handover of keys, records, assets and bank mandates on foot of those resignations, but that the meeting became heated and Mr Kelly alleged he had not in fact resigned and that he and his wife remained directors.
Mr Hall said it appeared that three directors - Angela McGovern, Gerard Tiernan and Ursula Mulkerrins - had signed documents in April 2014 appointing them as directors but they did not know what they were committing to nor did they have any legal advice at the time.
He said they had informed him they had no part in the running or administration of Console and had never attended any board meeting or carried out any of the normal functions attributable to a company director including strategic, financial or governance matters.
None of the three had any information on financial matters and were geographically segregated. The report noted there was a high level of anger and hurt.
An interim report prepared by Mr Hall and Mr Murray raised serious concerns regarding the control, running and governance of Console.
In his statement, Mr Hall said the immediate concern was that the charity was a functioning organisation providing vital services to vulnerable people and it became apparent there were a series of pressing issues regarding creditor demands, fundraiser queries and landlord issues, he said.
Other issues outlined in the interim report involved the need for telephone bills to be paid with company credit cards to keep the lines active; a number of creditors had outstanding debts and wages were paid on a sporadic basis.
Mr Hall said he was now "exceptionally concerned" after being informed that someone had been in the Console office over last weekend and that some records were missing from a cabinet which was usually locked and was now open.
The case returns to court next Tuesday.