Solicitors acting for the crisis-hit Dublin charity Inner City Helping Homeless will soon ask the High Court to appoint an inspector to investigate the charity following a series of resignations from its board.
The move follows the resignations of interim chair Cllr Christy Burke and local community trustee Peter Watson, leaving the charity with just one remaining board member.
Eames Solicitors on Monday wrote to both the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement and the Charities Regulator, advising them that an application to the High Court for the appointment of an inspector will be made in two weeks' time.
The two letters, obtained by Prime Time, note that the inspector will "investigate the affairs of the Charity" and "make recommendations to the High Court on the next steps to be taken in relation to the Charity."
The charity has been in turmoil since its founder and CEO, Anthony Flynn, died in August after it emerged he had been accused by two men of sexual abuse.
Mr Flynn, who was also an Independent Dublin City councillor, had been suspended from the charity by David Hall, the charity’s then-chair.
Mr Hall resigned from the charity in August along with two others.
The latest resignations leave Ann Birney, who is also currently managing the charity, as the only remaining member of the board of trustees.
According to best practice in governance, a board should have no less than three members. If it falls below this, the Charities Regulator actively engages with a charity to ensure that governance standards and the requirements of the Charities Code are being met.
However, the Charities Regulator has said that it was already engaging with the charity, and confirmed on Monday that it had received a letter from the charity informing it of its intention to seek the appointment of an inspector.
It said it had no further update at this time.
Last Thursday, a document written by Mr Hall and sent to members of the charity detailed four serious allegations of sexual abuse that were made against Cllr Flynn.
Gardaí were investigating these allegations earlier this year. One of the survivors told Prime Time that, in March 2021, when he contacted Mr Flynn because he feared becoming homeless, the former CEO sent him a taxi to bring him to his home.
He alleges he was sexually assaulted by Mr Flynn during his stay.
This man has given a statement to Gardaí in recent weeks and is receiving the services of the Rape Crisis Centre.