GLEN Closed


RTE reports:

The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network is to close following a review of its operations.

…The charity was mired last month in controversy when it emerged that the Charities Regulator was looking into its finances and has requested three years of credit card statements and accounts.

Three employees are being made redundant.

The author of the report into alleged financial irregularities at Glen said the charity was facing challenges on five different fronts.

[Speaking RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, former senator Jillian] Van Turnhout stressed that there was no misappropriation of funds in Glen, but she described the use of credit cards at the charity as “incredibly poor practice”, although it came from a good intention to not leave employees out of pocket if they paid for things for the organisation.

..She said the board had always prioritised the community it serves and the helpline [1890 929 539] provided by Glen would continue.

Charity Glen to close following review after financial issues raised (RTE)

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43 thoughts on “GLEN Closed

  1. Frilly Keane

    I think this is an unfair statement tbh

    Has done it’s job
    And its role
    Focus and mission
    Has changed somewhat
    Or needed change in order to be relevant

    Afaic anyway

  2. Joe Small

    Refreshing to hear incompetence isn’t just for straight men.
    I remember reading a journalist where she said now that the Department of justice and the Guards were in the hands of women the Old Boys Network was finished and things would improve. How’s that working out for them?

      1. mildred st. meadowlark

        Ah, now, be nice. Clamps hasn’t said anything to that effect in ages. Actually,he’s been very quiet lately.

          1. mildred st. meadowlark

            Missed you, and our bickerments. How’s the move going? Waterford you said?

    1. Murtles

      Thieves are thieves regardless of being gay, straight, male, female, black, white, bipedal or motorised autonomous self aware machines from the future hell bent on our destruction. In a land led by corruption, it’s hard not to be corrupt (that’d be great if we had the voice over fella from the movies say that).

      1. classter

        I hate this ‘land led by corruption’ rhetoric.

        I’m not and neither are almost any of my Irish family or friends.

        Your comment is a get-out of clause for those that do wrong

  3. ____

    It’s an area that certainly still needs advocacy, but it’s nice to see an organisation actually own up to its failings and do the right thing instead of going out kicking and screaming, denying everything and ending up in the high court.

    This way it’ll help keep good will for the cause they were championing.

  4. ollie

    No misappropriation of funds? Money was used to fund an election campaign for Kieran Rose.
    HSE money that could have been used for Healthcare. That’s theft Ms Van Turnhout

    1. Frilly Keane

      he’d paid it back
      t’was about 10k

      which was silly anyway ’cause I’d say he’s not that stuck

          1. classter

            SocDems (a party many of us have some hope for) have appointed as General Secretary a man who presided over the scandal (call it what you will) which this thread is about!

          2. MoyestWithExcitement

            Scandal? Big word. What happened? And what did the SD fella do? I’m assuming all facts have been established given your statement.

  5. Huh?

    FWIW -not even a FG supporter but enjoyed when Enda expelled the papio nuncio, anyway…

    The point (which I had thought was clearly enough inferred) was that it’s of interest that none of the above has even mentioned the person in the position of responsibility when the irregularities occurred. Big fan of his CV, but wrong-doing is wrong-doing whether we like the individuals involved or not.

    1. MoyestWithExcitement

      Ok, Labour then. Legit can’t make out what you’re saying in that post. I mean, it’s obvious that you’re trying to imply a link between a Bad Thing and a party with 2 TDs but I have no idea what you want everyone to think is your point.

  6. phil

    ‘the Charities Regulator’ , I dont know much about them, but is that the first work they have undertaken? Call me a cynic but……


    but… but… I thought we could trust the gays, because they have been oppressed & they are de gay, no?

  8. EightersGonnaEight

    Simon Nugent who is known to Van Turnhout was on the GLEN Finance Committee. She should not have been appointed to do this job. A conflict of interest.

    “The helpline is now to become a separate entity with its own board and other work in the area helping employers improve diversity will be farmed out. She defended her independence in doing the Glen review. Asked if she knew Simon Nugent, the chairman of Glen’s finance committee, she said 20 years ago he was president of the Irish Youth Council and she succeeded him. She also served on a board with him.”

    This is the same Simon Nugent:

    “Working for Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte are Simon Nugent, former chief executive of the Irish Travel Agents’ Association, on €97,200, ”



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