Glen Gone



Gay Activist is sad to note the end of yet another organisation which has provided excellent service to the gay community, this time in the Irish Republic.

RTÉ notes that the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, better known as GLEN, is to close following a review of its operations. There have been problems with its financial controls, and funding has been withdrawn.

Three employees are being made redundant.

Executive director Áine Duggan, resigned saying she raised financial issues and made the voluntary disclosure to the regulator, and co-founders Kieran Rose also resigned saying he regretted that he had not declared supports given by Glen to him during his Senate election campaign, and he said he had paid back over 11,000 euros.

Glen was set up in 1988 to promote gay rights and was a prominent backer of the 2015 Marriage Equality campaign. The Health Service Executive had withheld funding from Glen this year.