Sunday 22 October 2017

Soc Dems silent on charity's finances

Brian Sheehan Picture: Steve Humphreys
Brian Sheehan Picture: Steve Humphreys
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

The Social Democrats has stayed silent on the controversy over the allegations about finances at gay rights charity Glen, despite its general secretary Brian Sheehan serving as the organisation's boss for almost nine years.

Mr Sheehan and the party's two TDs, Catherine Murphy and Róisín Shortall, have not responded to several attempts to contact them since Tuesday to seek comment on the issue.

The party's spokeswoman also did not respond to a request for a statement on the storm that has beset Glen, where Mr Sheehan was the executive director between December 2007 and October 2016.

There are no allegations of wrongdoing against Mr Sheehan or the Social Democrats.

Mr Sheehan's successor as Glen executive director Áine Duggan raised questions about the management of the charity's finances in a voluntary disclosure to the Charities Regulator, which is investigating.

The allegations of financial mismanagement at Glen were first reported last weekend and have been the subject of media coverage since. However, the Social Democrats has not commented on the issue.

Mr Sheehan was appointed the party's general secretary last year.

The prominent gay rights campaigner was widely praised for his role in the successful 2015 Marriage Equality referendum.

A co-director of the Yes Equality campaign, he co-authored a book on the referendum entitled 'Ireland Says Yes'.

Irish Independent

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