Friday 23 March 2018

Candidate failed to declare aid from charity

Kieran Rose Picture: Tommy Clancy
Kieran Rose Picture: Tommy Clancy

Cormac McQuinn and Eilish O'Regan

The Seanad candidate who used the printing facilities of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (Glen) for his election literature did not declare this support in a statement to the State's political standards watchdog.

Kieran Rose, a co-founder of Glen, failed in his bid to be elected to the Seanad last year.


He reimbursed the cost of the printing work to the charity but made no reference to the support provided by Glen in a statement on political donations to the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo).

Last night, Mr Rose did not respond to attempts to contact him for comment on the matter.

Separately, the Irish Independent can reveal Atlantic Philanthropies - which has backed Glen to the tune of almost €4m - only became aware of the controversy surrounding the charity through media reports.

It emerged in reports at the weekend that allegations of financial mismanagement at Glen are being investigated by the Charities Regulator.

Irish Independent

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