Wednesday 24 May 2017

Regulator orders leading lesbian and gay charity to provide financial details

Glen has to comply with the Regulator's direction by the end of the month. (Stock picture)
Glen has to comply with the Regulator's direction by the end of the month. (Stock picture)
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

The Charities Regulator has directed the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (Glen) to provide it with specific information on certain issues including providing a number of financial reports.

It has also requested details of staff credit cards and the report of an independent auditor. It is understood the direction covers the three-year period dating from 2014.

The Charities Regulator is looking for details of all credit cards used by board members, staff and volunteers. It wants details of spending for 2014, 2015 and 2016, and details of authorisations for the cards.

It has also requested details of financial reports as well as reports by named accountants.

In a statement to the Sunday Independent, the HSE confirmed that it is currently in communication with Glen regarding the provision of finance for 2017.

Glen has to comply with the Regulator's direction by the end of the month.

In September, Aine Duggan was announced as the new executive director of Glen. She took up her post at the end of October, replacing Brian Sheehan who had held the position since 2007. She previously served as president and CEO of Re:Gender, a US gender equality organisation that operates at national level.

It is understood the charity was in line to receive €200,000 from the HSE last month, but the money is being withheld until the issues have been fully examined.

The organisation's mental health programme - which aims to prevent LGBT suicide and promote mental health - is funded by the HSE.

Founded in 1988, the group works on a broad range of issues including sexual health, mental health, physical health and education.

It says its aim is to create an Ireland where "LGBT people can feel equal and included in all aspects of their lives..

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