Gay man headbutted and bitten in Ireland

Gary Daly has told how he was attacked and beaten by up to ten thugs for kissing another lad on a date in a pub in the Republic of Ireland.

Gary Daly, 32, was in a pub in Sligo with the other victim when they were viciously set upon. Gary was left with scars to his face after being head-butted, punched and bitten by a gang of 8 to 10 men.

https://www.thesun.ie/news/1468248/gay-man-is-headbutted-and-bitten-after-homophobic-thugs-see-him-kiss-his-date-in-sligo-pub/

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Leo likes Belfast!

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Attending Belfast Pride yesterday, Republic of Ireland Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said it is “only a matter of time” until same sex marriage is legalised in Northern Ireland. Earlier, he attended a Gay Pride breakfast meeting at the Northern Whig bar in Belfast where he met gay members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, pictured, and others.

The DUP did not oppose Mr Varadkar’s attendence at the event, but a small group of Free Presbyterians staged a protest across the road.

Asked if he believed gay marriage would be introduced in the North, Mr Varadkar – who is openly gay – replied: “I do, I think it’s only a matter of time. Of course, the decision is for the Northern Ireland Assembly. But I am confident that like other western European countries they will make that decision in due course.”

http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/gay-marriage-varadkar-northern-ireland-10936013

Ireland’s glass ceiling smashed

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Leo Varadkar | Cyril Byrne | 17103

Congratulations to Leo Varadkar who has been elected the new leader of the Republic of Ireland’s Fine Gael party and will consequently become the youngest and first openly gay taoiseach, ten years after entering politics.

In 2015, Mr. Varadkar was widely praised for bravery and honesty when he became the first Irish government minister to come out. His stand is credited with bolstering the successful gay marriage “yes” referendum campaign, making Ireland the first country to legalize gay marriage by popular vote.

Mr. Varadkar was born in Dublin in 1979, and is the son of an Irish Catholic nurse from County Waterford and a Hindu doctor from Mumbai, India. His parents met in England in the 1960s and lived in India for a time before moving to Ireland.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/is-having-a-gay-taoiseach-a-big-deal-for-ireland-1.3105955

Into the Glen

The Irish Republic’s Charities Regulatory Authority has appointed inspectors to carry out a statutory investigation into GLEN, the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network. Glen announced last week it will close following a review of its operations.

The CRA emphasised that the opening of a statutory investigation is not in itself a finding of any wrongdoing, and the scope of the investigation will include the administration, governance and financial management of the charity by Glen’s trustees and whether charitable assets have been used exclusively for charitable purposes and can be accounted for.

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2017/0524/877595-glen-charities-inspectors/

George daubed

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Ireland’s best known gay club’s exterior was vandalised with homophobic messages overnight. Discriminatory messages were chalked on the The George on Dublin’s George street in the early hours of this morning.

The vile messages were promptly washed away by staff.

The vandalism comes during a weekend of celebrations as Ireland marks two years since the Marriage Equality Refendum passed.

Looks like GLEN’s work is far from finished.

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/irelands-bestknown-gay-club-vandalised-with-homophobic-messages-and-swastikas-35736306.html

Glen Gone

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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.

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2017/0518/876090-glen/

Trouble in the glen

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The Irish gay rights group Glen is being investigated into whether it breached rules on political campaigning and financial management. The charity has appointed an external investigator to examine allegations of bullying made by staff.

The Charities Regulator has told Glen to provide it with financial records, details of credit cards and the report of an independent auditor by the end of this month. One of the issues being examined by the regulator concerns the use of the charity’s resources to support political campaigning.

Glen’s co-chairman Kieran Rose stepped down after it emerged that campaign literature for his Seanad election campaign last year was printed at the charity.

The intervention by the regulator follows a disclosure made by Glen in response to concerns raised by the executive director, Áine Duggan, appointed last October, who raised a number of issues with the board after carrying out a due diligence of the organisation, which works on issues such as sexual health, mental health and education in the LGBT community.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/gay-rights-charity-glen-hit-by-bullying-and-financial-investigations-1.3050746