Man collecting in town for drug
centre had no permit
Victory Outreach Centre had been refused
permits previously by gardaí
25 March 2009
A MAN with a Bray address was given the benefit of the Probation Act at Drogheda District Court after he was cleared of collecting for a local drug rehab centre without a permit.
However, the court heard that the Victory Outreach Centre on the North Road, Drogheda, had been refused collection permits by the gardaí on a number of occasions, prior to this breach of the Charities Act.
Michael Edwards (30), 54 Oldcourt Drive, Bray, was reported to gardaí while he was collecting door to door on the Donore Road, Drogheda, on August 22nd, 2008.
Garda Mark McNulty attended and when he questioned the defendant, he was found to have collected almost € 100 in aid of Victory Outreach, then based at the corner house on the North Road, but he did not have the relevant permit for collection.
Speaking on behalf of his client, Paul Moore told the court Mr Edwards wasn’t aware he needed a permit and ‘the money was destined for the proper place’.
A representative of Victory Outreach from Ballyfermot, Mr O’Reilly, told the court they were ‘a not for profit organisation, who had rehab houses in Drogheda, Slane and Navan, and the collections were to raise money for nine-month residential programmes to help drug users’.
He said at the time of the collection, there was a new director in Drogheda and they had ‘sent the lads out to collect without knowing they needed a permit’.
Mr O’Reilly assured the court that they were a registered charity, with a Christian church headquarters, and they would ensure proper documentation was sought in the future. The rehab house had now been moved to Bettystown.
Garda McNulty told the court this organisation had breached the act before and had been refused permits to collect in the town, and also in Dundalk.
The defendant was a former drug addict of 12 years, who had been drug free for two years.
Judge Flann Brennan said he believed the defendant was genuinely collecting for the organisation, but warned him not to do anything like this again.
‘You cannot hold a collection without a permit,’ he told Edwards.
‘They must be properly obtained and you must carry a copy with you.’
The defendant was given the benefit of the Probation Act.
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