David Hall (campaigner)

David Hall is an Irish businessman and campaigner.

Irish businessman and campaigner

David Hall
Alma mater St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Republic of Ireland
Years active 1992 – Present
Spouse(s) Susan Wiseman Hall
Children 2 Twins – Erica & Leonie

Hall is currently best known as the owner of Lifeline Ambulance Services [1] and chief executive officer of the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation[2] and cofounder of iCare Housing.[3]

Hall is also the former interim CEO of the former scandal hit charity Console.[4]

Hall studied at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth where he was elected Students Union, Vice-President in 1990.[5][6] In 2013, he unsuccessfully took the government to court over the issuing and payment of promissory notes, which he appealed to the Supreme Court of Ireland.[7]

Hall owns and runs the Lifeline ambulance service. He founded the Make a Wish Foundation Ireland in 1992, and also served as chairman of the Marie Keating Foundation.[8]

In 2005 Hall was involved in a blackmail scandal.[9] A clip, shot on a mobile phone, shows Hall saying ”everyone should have one”. Asked what he means, he says “blacks”. Hall stated that the clip was taken completely out of context, and that the conversation was “banter between friends”.

In 2009 Hall founded New Beginnings along with lawyers Ross Maguire and Vincent Martin, to campaign and fight for those in mortgage arrears. David Hall left the organisation in July 2012 over differences with the commercial route being taken. [10] and in 2012, David founded the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation.[11]

Hall unsuccessfully ran as an Independent in the 2014 by-election in Dublin West.[12] After controversies over its founder and CEO Paul Kelly, the board of Console appointed Hall as its Interim CEO.[13] In 2017, Hall was appointed to the Venerable Order of St. John by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his charitable works and contribution to society.[14]

In 2017 Hall co-founded an approved housing body iCare Housing who provide social housing for people who cannot afford to provide a home for themselves.

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In 2016 whistleblowers accused David Hall and Life Line Ambulance Services of ‘serious wrongdoing’ and claimed unfair dismissal and were the first employees to ever win court protection under the whistleblower protection legislation[15] Mick Dougan and Sean Clarke claimed they were made redundant for making a protected disclosure to Revenue about the company in January of 2015.[16]

In March 2020 it was revealed that Life Line Ambulance Service, to which “Self-promoter extraordinaire, ” Hero without a cape” David Hall” is a director[17] was found after an audit to owe Revenue €416,965, including interest and penalties, for under-declaration of PAYE, PRSI, and USC.[clarification needed][18]

  1. www.lifeline.iehttps://www.lifeline.ie/welcome-note/. Retrieved 8 May 2020. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. “About Us -“. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  3. “Welcome -“. icarehousing.ie. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  4. McGarry, Patsy. “Decision taken to shut down scandal-hit charity Console”. The Irish Times. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  5. History Maynooth Students Union
  6. “David Hall: Pugnacious, hyperactive defender of underdog”. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  7. TDs Flanagan Daly Wallace and Collins keen to join supreme court promissory note appeal
  8. Throwing a lifeline – Profile David Hall by Ian Kehoe, Sunday Business Post, 10 November 2013.
  9. Brophy, Daragh. “David Hall says blackmail scandal won’t put him off Dáil bid”. TheJournal.ie. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  10. Ryan, Nicky. “David Hall: What New Beginning is doing has been an abysmal failure before”. TheJournal.ie. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  11. Our Team Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation
  12. Dublin West By-election 2014 www.electionsireland.org
  13. Court grants access to storage unit linked to former Console boss www.rte.ie, 30 June 2016
  14. London Gazette, 13 October 2017.
  15. Cullen, Paul. “David Hall ambulance firm ordered to keep paying whistleblowers”. The Irish Times. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  16. Cullen, Paul. “Whistleblowers accuse David Hall of ‘serious wrongdoing. The Irish Times. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  17. “Chasing David Hall’s Ambulances”. The Phoenix Magazine. 3 March 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  18. Hamilton, Peter (3 March 2020). “Radio presenter Neal Prendeville and Lifeline Ambulance Service among tax defaulters”. The Irish Times. Retrieved 5 January 2021.

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