Irish LGBT charity to close amid ‘financial irregularities’
An LGBT+ charity in Ireland is set to close after its finances came under scrutiny.
A report by Irish senator Jillian van Turnhout, as reported in The Irish Times, found that continuing operations of The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) was “no longer viable given the challenges it is facing”, and the decision was made for “an orderly wind-up”.
In the report, van Turnhout said that GLEN had been caught up in “a perfect storm” due to the departure of its CEO, diminished public trust, and lack of financial resources.
The report accuses GLEN staff of “extremely poor practice” in their use of company credit cards, though it does not conclude that any staff member personally profited from the charity.
Accusations of financial mismanagement were made by the charity’s former CEO
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