ICROSS: Commentary and detailed links to facts evidenced in Sunday Times article

Icross cash to go to Kenyan aid charity by Colin Coyle, Sunday Times by By Colin Coyle is added to by DI evidence in the public domain:


BEQUESTS worth‘ almost €300,000 are being transferred to the Kenyan wing of an Irish charity that has been dissolved after a series of controversies.

It is clear that there was a stalemate on the board with some of the Directors supporting Mike Meegan and others wanting the truth to come out about the abuse of children.


By doing nothing Meegan was clearly a winner, but when no resolution could be found it was wound up and the Commissioners are now ready to send on the cheque.


Icross, founded by Michael Meegan, closed its Irish operations after The Sunday Times revealed the charity had been forced to repay €100,000 in public money to Irish Aid following an audit.

This may be the case but the question is were there other government funds that headed south? The main reason it closed down is found in this link: https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/mike-meegan-and-the-icross-seven-allegations-of-abuse-and-misrepresentation-continue/

………… Dr Joe Barnes a man of great integrity who relentlessly supported Meegan when some in Ireland were fighting to save the charity from being wrested by Meegan for his own use is the most important reason the current state of affairs has resulted.

Meegan was also accused of sexual assault by five Kenyan men. He denies the claims, and has said they are part of a “campaign of raw vindictiveness” ‘by disgruntled former colleagues.

This claim does not stack up, as we have the direct evidence of the victims on our site, and they would love to give evidence in this jurisdiction about their experiences. It is very difficult for them to get a hearing in Kenya. DI will continue to work with them to the best of our ability.

Here is the full archive from the High Court Case courtesy of the Associate Newspapers:


The Irish wing of the charity was dissolved last month. Its sister organisation in Kenya had sent Icross Ireland legal correspondence seeking the transfer of all funds and bequests held. It claimed money donated to Icross Ireland was intended for use “on the ground” in Kenya.

Clearly the donors were not aware of the real Mike Meegan and to have any Irish body sending him any funds is a travesty of justice. In light of the establishment of a body to oversee Charities in the next few weeks, it is essential that the Commissioners of Charitable Donations & Bequests for Ireland who legally must pass on the funds should knowing the full facts and the changes in law now coming in should put a hold on the funds. Revenue, Justice and Foreign Affairs have all the information they need. They must join up the dots and ask if Ireland’s reputation in not doing anything to address the abuse of children will now also find expression in Kenya?

A number of directors and trustees of the charity expressed concerns about a transfer, and the Irish operation forwarded all its remaining funds to the Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests, a state body that provides services to the trustees of charities, and helps people making bequests. At a meeting of the commissioners’ board last month, it was decided the bequests, the largest of  which is from the Fanning estate, should be passed to Icross International, the charity’s Kenyan wing which is run by Meegan.

No one can claim when this becomes out in due course that they did not know. Let us be quite clear about this. Mike Meegan is not what he claims to be, and the record of this can be found on our blog.

The commissioners ruled, that the money should be forwarded to the Kenyan wing under the legal doctrine of cy-pres, which states that bequests to a charity that no longer exists or cannot be identified should be paid to an entity as similar as possible in purpose.

This is the equivalent to the following  of orders doctrine. There is nothing stopping the Commissioners of Charitable Donations & Bequests for Ireland referring this case to the Taoiseach’s Office or to Revenue or Justice for adjudication.

In 2010, Meegan unsuccessfully sought an injunction against the Irish Mail on Sunday to prevent it publishing allegations dating back to 1986 that he sexually assaulted five men in Kenya.

The reason was quite simple it was in fact true. All the other cases which he has sought to gain from are not about this fact but about procedural  issues which in no way detract from the facts of the matter.

In an interview shortly afterwards, he denied having sex with staff of Icross, or with minors, but said he had shared beds with men while working in Kenya, which he described as common practice in rural parts‘ of the country.

This rationalisation of his deviant behaviour added insult to the victims. They inform me that when media items appear he tries to buy them off. We intend to pursue this with the Kenyan Embassy in Ireland as these are their citizens and Mike Meegan seems to continue with impunity in that country.

In the same interview, Meegan admitted the charity’s failure to account for €100,000 in public funds from Irish Aid was “a huge f_ _ _k__up.“ We didn’t meet their criteria for [accounting for] expenditure. They didn’t know where money went, but that didn’t mean it was stolen or swiped,” he said.

These responses are just not acceptable in so far as his intentions were never charitable they used the front of ICROSS for him to indulge his own
self interested sexual appetites and the application of funds intended for the weakest in society towards his own ends.

Icross Kenya did not respond to queries last Week. Icross Ireland was dissolved  on January 22., Its last accounts show donations of  only €5,000 in 2012, down from €750,000 six years earlier. At its height, the charity was receiving €100,000 a year from Irish Aid and large donations from NCB Stockbrokers and the Ireland Funds. It held an annual charity ball, attended by The Corrs and Rosanna Davison, while supporters included Garret FitzGerald and Liz O’Donnell, a former minister for overseas development.

This was exactly the ending Meegan was seeking and it is clear that it now incumbent on those that enabled his rise in RTE, other media outlets and persons of influence to stand up to be counted so that more victims are not created by their endorsement.



Many of these commentators are having a go at our Charity abuses in recent weeks? What will they do now?

Questions about Meegan first surfaced in 2006 when it emerged he had overstated his qualifications and was claiming to be a doctor.



During the 1980′s, he represented himself as a priest.


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